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US v. Villodas-Rosario, 15-1981

Held that a defendant was barred from appealing his sentence because his plea agreement contained a waiver-of-appeal clause. The defendant, who pleaded guilty to knowingly possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, asserted that the waiver-of-appeal provision should not be enforced. The First Circuit observed that there is confusion in circuit precedent as to the proper standard for evaluating the enforceability of an appellate waiver. The panel ultimately concluded here that the waiver of appeal must be enforced, and thus dismissed his appeal.

Appellate Information

  • Decided
  • Published 2018/08/20


  • Lipez


  • United States First Circuit


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