United States Eighth Circuit

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US v. Spires, 09-3663

Defendant's conviction and sentence for possession with intent to distribute 50 or more grams of cocaine base are affirmed where: 1) the district court did not abuse its discretion when it refused defendant's request to attach a "cautionary tail" to the instructions pertaining to cooperating witness testimony; 2) defendant's mandatory life sentence did not violate the Eighth Amendment; and 3) the Fair Sentencing Act of 2010 was not retroactive.

Appellate Information

  • Decided 01/12/2011
  • Published 01/12/2011

Judges

  • C. Arlen Beam

Court

  • United States Eighth Circuit

Counsel