United States v. Bustamante-Conchas

Brief of Amicus Curiae the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers in Support of Defendant/Appellant and Reversal.

Brief filed: 11/07/2016


United States v. Bustamante-Conchas

10th Circuit Court of Appeals; Case No. 15-2025

Prior Decision

On Appeal from the United States District Court for the District of New Mexico, No. 13-CR-02028-JAP-2, Hon. James A. Parker.


Allocution affects sentencing in significant, unpredictable ways. Complete denial of the right to allocute necessitates reversal of the sentence. Complete denial of the allocution right satisfies the third and fourth prongs of the plain error test. The exceptions to this rule are highly limited. No proffer is required.

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Paul W. Hughes and Michael B. Kimberly, Mayer Brown LLP, Washington, DC; Barbara E. Bergman, University of Arizona, James E. Rogers College of Law, Tucson, AZ; Norman R. Mueller, Haddon, Morgan & Foreman, P.C., Denver, CO.