UNITED STATES v. LANDRY

Reset A A Font size: Print

United States Court of Appeals,First Circuit.

UNITED STATES of America, Appellee, v. Mary L. LANDRY, Defendant, Appellant.

No. 09-1877.

Decided: January 28, 2011

Before TORRUELLA, RIPPLE,* and LIPEZ, Circuit Judges. Tina Schneider, for appellant. Margaret D. McGaughey, Appellate Chief, with whom Paula D. Silsby, United States Attorney, was on brief, for appellee.

Mary L. Landry was indicted in the United States District Court for the District of Maine on nine counts involving wire fraud, aggravated identity theft and social security fraud.1 The district court held a two-day trial, and the jury returned a guilty verdict on all nine counts. After sentencing, Ms. Landry filed a timely notice of appeal.2 In her appeal, she claims that the district court committed reversible error when it admitted two pieces of evidence, that the prosecutor engaged in improper argument during closing arguments and that the district court improperly considered the general increase in identity theft crimes in determining the appropriate sentence. For the reasons set forth in this opinion, we affirm the judgment of the district court.

I

BACKGROUND

From 2001 to 2003, Ms. Landry was employed as a customer account manager by MBNA, a credit card company. At MBNA, Ms. Landry's job involved the collection of past due credit card accounts. She was granted a security clearance, which gave her access to customers' social security numbers and dates of birth. In 2003, MBNA, following its established policy, terminated Ms. Landry's employment for a drunk-driving conviction. Beginning in November 2005, Ms. Landry was employed by Verizon. At Verizon, Ms. Landry could access customer accounts, including social security numbers and dates of birth.

Admiral Mary E. Landry (“Admiral Landry”), not the defendant, was notified in 2007 by Discover that someone was using her date of birth and social security number to open a credit card account. Admiral Landry immediately placed fraud alerts on her credit cards and enrolled in a fraud monitoring system. While Ms. Landry was employed at MBNA, Admiral Landry had a MBNA-issued credit card, but was never late in any of her payments. In 2000, Admiral Landry had opened an account with Verizon for cable, phone and DSL in her home.

In April 2007, the defendant, Ms. Landry, received pre-approved offers in the mail for two credit cards, one from Chase Bank and another from Discover Bank. Ms. Landry applied online for both cards, providing her own name. According to Ms. Landry, she entered her own birth date, but, because of her apprehension about internet security, she entered all 9s as her social security number. Chase approved Ms. Landry's credit card application, but Discover required further review. Ms. Landry ultimately decided not to open a card with Discover.

In May 2007, after making a purchase at Fashion Bug, Ms. Landry applied for a store credit card upon the encouragement of the sales clerk. Fashion Bug's procedure required the sales clerk to input the customer's name, address and date of birth from a driver's license. The customer would then input her social security number on a number pad. Ms. Landry maintains that she again entered all 9s as her social security number. Ms. Landry's application was not approved.

Around June 2007, Ms. Landry was unable to access her Chase credit card account online. When Ms. Landry called Chase, it asked her to verify the last four digits of her social security number. Ms. Landry provided the last four digits of her social security number, which did not match the credit card account. Ms. Landry also tried providing all 9s, which also did not match. Chase closed the account.

Ms. Landry was indicted on nine counts: three counts of wire fraud, three counts of aggravated identity theft, two counts of social security fraud and one count of fraud in connection with an access device or credit card. The charges were based on Ms. Landry's allegedly knowing and unauthorized use of another individual's identity to apply for three credit cards, to obtain a credit card and to use that credit card.

The Government maintains that Ms. Landry had access to Admiral Landry's identification information through her employment, and having defaulted on student loans, Ms. Landry's poor credit provided her with a financial motive. Her alleged plan was to deceive credit card companies by using the social security number and date of birth of an individual who shared her same first and last name. The Government maintains that Ms. Landry used Admiral Landry's social security number and date of birth on the Chase and Discover applications. For the Fashion Bug credit card, however, the Government submits that Ms. Landry used only Admiral Landry's social security number because, under that store's procedure, the store clerk enters the customer's date of birth based on the customer's provided identification.

A two-day trial took place in 2009. To support its claim, the Government provided the testimony of MBNA and Verizon representatives. Both employers stated that Ms. Landry had the security clearance to have accessed Admiral Landry's social security number and date of birth through their systems. The Government also presented evidence that Ms. Landry was in debt, had defaulted on her student loans of over $60,000 and was subject to a wage garnishment order. Employees from different credit card companies testified that an applicant must supply her own social security number and that the computer system would not input a social security number on its own.

We shall present additional, relevant factual background in the course of our consideration of each of Ms. Landry's specific contentions.

II

DISCUSSION

Ms. Landry submits that her conviction should be reversed because: (1) the district court admitted evidence of a 2008 traffic stop at which she supplied false identifying information; (2) the district court admitted evidence of the drunk-driving conviction; (3) the Government referenced in its closing arguments the cost and expense of bringing expert witnesses; and (4) the district court considered the growth of identity fraud crimes during sentencing. We consider each issue in turn.

A.

Ms. Landry first contends that the district court erred in admitting, under Federal Rule of Evidence 404(b), evidence about a traffic stop at which she supplied false identification information. We review a district court's ruling on the admissibility of evidence under Rule 404(b) for an abuse of discretion. United States v. Hicks, 575 F.3d 130, 141 (1st Cir.2009), cert. denied, 130 S.Ct. 647 (2009). We conclude that the traffic stop is admissible under Rule 404(b).

In June 2008, after Ms. Landry had filled out the credit card applications, but prior to her indictment in this case, Officer Steven Jordan stopped Ms. Landry for a traffic infraction. When asked for her name, social security number and date of birth, Ms. Landry provided Officer Jordan with her sister's name, a made-up social security number and a made-up date of birth. Officer Jordan ascertained Ms. Landry's actual identity by checking vehicle registration, booking photographs and verifying physical traits, and discovered that Ms. Landry had a suspended license.

Before trial, the district court initially directed the Government not to mention evidence of the 2008 traffic stop, but warned Ms. Landry that the evidence would be admissible if she opened the door to it. After Ms. Landry's opening statement indicated a defense of good faith and computer error, the district court ruled that the evidence of the traffic stop would be admissible. The court explained that the evidence “goes directly to the specific issues that are isolated in the rule.” Trial Tr. vol. I, 81. The court pointed out that Ms. Landry was claiming “a computer system error and a good-faith defense” and that the jury therefore was entitled to consider evidence that she had used, in another instance, “another name, including a social security number that was not hers.” Id. That evidence could be used, the court explained, “to conclude opportunity, intent, preparation, plan, knowledge, and absence of mistake or accident.” Id. at 82.

Federal Rule of Evidence 404(b) prohibits the admission of prior bad acts to establish an individual's character or propensity to commit a crime. Rule 404(b) does permit, however, the admission of prior bad acts “for other purposes, such as proof of motive, opportunity, intent, preparation, plan, knowledge, identity, or absence of mistake or accident.” Fed.R.Evid. 404(b). Bad acts committed subsequent to the charged behavior are admissible under Rule 404(b) as long as they meet the criteria set forth in the Rule. See United States v. Tse, 375 F.3d 148, 155 (1st Cir.2004).

Consonant with the established case law of our circuit, a district court employs a two-part test to determine admissibility of evidence under Rule 404(b). Udemba v. Nicoli, 237 F.3d 8, 15 (1st Cir.2001). First, it must determine whether the evidence has “special” relevance other than establishing propensity; with respect to this inquiry, Rule 404(b)'s list of purposes is not exhaustive. Id. In Udemba, we concluded that the evidence was admissible under Rule 404(b) in part because it “was specially relevant to a contested issue in the case, namely, the extent of damages attributable to emotional distress.” Id. In so concluding, we “reject[ed] the [ ] concept that Rule 404(b) contains a comprehensive list of all the ways in which evidence of other bad acts may be specially relevant.” Id. To determine whether proffered evidence has special relevance, the court considers the temporal relationship of the other act and the degree of similarity to the charged crime. United States v. Varoudakis, 233 F.3d 113, 119 (1st Cir.2000). Second, the court must consider whether Rule 403 requires exclusion of the evidence because the danger of unfair prejudice substantially outweighs the probative value. Id. at 121.

1. Specially Relevant

In admitting evidence of the traffic stop, the district court said that it showed “opportunity, intent, preparation, plan, knowledge, and absence of mistake or accident.” Trial Tr. vol. I, 81. We believe, more precisely, that the 2008 traffic stop is relevant to show intent or knowledge because the evidence rebuts an innocent involvement defense.

Bad acts, other than the behavior charged, can be the basis for “inferr [ing] ․ that, after being involved in a number of similar incidents, the defendant must have had a mental state that is inconsistent with innocence.” 2 Jack Weinstein & Margaret Berger, Weinstein's Federal Evidence § 404.22[1] [a] (2d ed.2010). This circuit, and others, have admitted evidence under Rule 404(b) to rebut a defense of innocent involvement. The cases do not always specify under which of the enumerated categories of Rule 404(b) the evidence is admitted, recognizing the overlapping and non-exhaustive nature of that listing. In United States v. Rodriguez, 215 F.3d 110, 114 (1st Cir.2000), the defendant was charged with conspiracy and attempt to import, with an individual named Vega, illegal drugs at a pier. He submitted as his defense that he was at the sea with Vega for an innocent reason. He claimed that, as a fisherman, he occasionally would fish in those waters. Id. at 116. The Government introduced evidence of another drug importation, at the same location, that involved the defendant and Vega. Id. at 115. We determined that the district court had not abused its discretion in admitting the evidence because the Government had a right to counter the idea that the defendant was just “innocently caught up” in the events. Id. at 119. Similarly, in United States v. Wyatt, 561 F.3d 49, 53 (1st Cir.2009), cert. denied, 129 S.Ct. 2818 (2009), there was a suggestion that the defendant was tricked into participating in fraudulent transactions by others. We concluded that evidence of the prior fraudulent transactions in which the defendant had participated “would assist the jury in determining whether [the defendant] was ‘duped’ ․ or whether [the defendant] fully understood the fraudulent nature of the charged transactions.” Id. Also, in United States v. Lugo Guerrero, 524 F.3d 5, 14 (1st Cir.2008), we held that the district court had not abused its discretion in admitting prior evidence of robberies to counter the defendant's theory that he was present innocently in the getaway car with two bank robbers. We commented that evidence of the prior bank robberies “makes it unlikely that [the defendant's] presence in the vehicle was a mere coincidence.” Id.

Other circuits also have allowed Rule 404(b) evidence, not always under any specific category, to counter an innocent involvement defense. See, e.g., United States v. Howell, 231 F.3d 615, 628 (9th Cir.2000) (holding Rule 404(b) evidence of previous drug convictions relevant to rebut defense that the defendant was “merely present” (quotation marks omitted)); United States v. Huels, 31 F.3d 476, 479 (7th Cir.1994) (allowing, on plain error review, Rule 404(b) evidence to show absence of mistake because the defendant had maintained that “he wandered into the marijuana garden by chance while hunting for deer” and had never been on that plot of land previously); United States v. Zackson, 12 F.3d 1178, 1182-83 (2d Cir.1993) (admitting Rule 404(b) evidence of prior drug trafficking with co-defendant to show intent because defendant denied any participation and claimed innocent association).

Ms. Landry's defense is one of innocent involvement. She does not contend that she made a mistake. Rather, she claims that she acted innocently, providing her own date of birth and a social security number of all 9s. The culprit, according to Ms. Landry, is the computer system, which mixed up her identity with that of Admiral Landry. The line of cases admitting Rule 404(b) evidence to counter a defense of innocent involvement supports the district court's determination that the circumstances of her encounter with Officer Jordan at the traffic stop are relevant to show intent or knowledge.3

We also believe that the traffic stop is sufficiently similar to be relevant. “The other bad act need not be identical to the crime charged so long as it is sufficiently similar to allow a juror to draw a reasonable inference probative of knowledge or intent.” United States v. Landrau-Lopez, 444 F.3d 19, 24 (1st Cir.2006). We have considered Ms. Landry's contention that the traffic stop is not sufficiently similar because she provided the officer with a made-up social security number, not an actual one as alleged in the charged crime. We find probative, however, her willingness in both situations to lie when asked for personal identification information. Because Ms. Landry's defense was good faith and computer error, Ms. Landry's willingness to give a false, even if made-up, social security number is suggestive of her intent to provide another's identity as her own.

The bad act also was not so distant in time from the charged event as to be irrelevant. The submission of the credit card applications and use of the Chase card occurred from April to June 4, 2007; the traffic stop occurred on June 18, 2008. The traffic stop, then, occurred a little over a year after the charged crimes. See Lugo Guerrero, 524 F.3d at 14 (concluding that the prior bank robberies were not too remote because they occurred within fifteen months of the charged robbery).

The district court therefore did not abuse its discretion in concluding that the 2008 traffic stop was specially relevant under Rule 404(b) to show Ms. Landry's intent.

2. Rule 403

We now turn to the second part of the test, namely whether the evidence meets the standard of Rule 403. Rule 403 provides that relevant evidence “may be excluded if its probative value is substantially outweighed by the danger of unfair prejudice.” Fed.R.Evid. 403. Danger of unfair prejudice occurs if the evidence “invites the jury to render a verdict on an improper emotional basis.” Varoudakis, 233 F.3d at 122. Moreover, “Rule 403 judgments are typically battlefield determinations, and great deference is owed to the trial court's superior coign of vantage.” United States v. Shinderman, 515 F.3d 5, 17 (1st Cir.2008).

The district court was entitled to conclude that it was unlikely that the jury would be influenced emotionally by evidence of the traffic stop. The traffic stop involved no graphic or shocking events that might play upon a jury's passions. The district court was also careful in handling the traffic stop evidence. It provided a specific limiting instruction cautioning the jury not to consider the traffic stop as evidence of propensity. In addition, the district court allowed the evidence only after verifying that Ms. Landry would be raising a defense of good faith and computer error. Given the limiting instruction and nature of the evidence, the danger of unfair prejudice from the traffic stop was low. Accordingly, the district court did not abuse its discretion in admitting evidence of the 2008 traffic stop under Rule 404(b).

B.

Ms. Landry also seeks review of the district court's decision to admit evidence of her drunk-driving conviction for which MBNA terminated her employment. We review the district court's admission of this evidence for abuse of discretion. Hicks, 575 F.3d at 141. The district court determined that all of Ms. Landry's prior convictions on her driving record were inadmissible under Rule 609(a)(2). Specifically, the district court found that the driving record convictions were not germane to Ms. Landry's credibility. Some convictions were very remote, with one at least eight years old, and no similarity existed between the convictions and the alleged crime. The district court also determined that, under Rule 609(a)(1), the prejudicial effect of the driving record convictions outweighed any probative value. In particular, the district court observed that “[t]he plain fact of the matter is jurors don't tend to like people who drive drunk, and their view of the defendant's two [drunk-driving] convictions might affect their ability to view fairly the evidence in this case.” Trial Tr. vol. II, 294.

During Ms. Landry's testimony, however, the district court ruled in a sidebar that it would allow evidence of the drunk-driving charge that had lead to Ms. Landry's termination from MBNA. Ms. Landry testified on direct examination that she had worked for MBNA, that she had received a security clearance and that she had left in 2003. The district court found that, without evidence of the termination, “she's leaving the impression with the jury ․ that her record at MBNA is effectively unimpeachable.” Id. at 348. Ms. Landry's counsel countered that the Government could elicit testimony about the termination without mentioning the specific drunk-driving charge. The court responded that “she's going to be in a better position ․ to have the reason be [drunk-driving] than have the jury speculate that the reason might be something related to dishonesty.” Id. at 349. The district court therefore allowed testimony about the drunk-driving charge that resulted in Ms. Landry's termination.

The basis of Ms. Landry's termination could have been handled by stipulation. The stipulation could have been crafted so as to make it clear that her arrest had precipitated her termination without specifically informing the jury that she had been accused of drunk driving. Nonetheless, we conclude that the district court did not abuse its discretion in permitting the evidence.4

Ms. Landry is correct that, given the court's earlier ruling on the prejudicial nature of evidence of a drunk-driving conviction, Rule 609 cannot serve as an independent predicate for the admission of the conviction. The parties agree that the drunk-driving conviction is not a specific instance of dishonesty, and therefore Rule 608 cannot serve as the basis for admission.

Our inquiry must focus, therefore, on whether Ms. Landry opened the door to her drunk-driving conviction. Even when, prior to trial, a court has ruled evidence of prior convictions inadmissible, a defendant can, in the course of her testimony, open the door to evidence about prior convictions. Rules 402 and 403 govern in these situations. Specifically, “[p]rior convictions are admissible under Rules 402 and 403 to contradict specific testimony, as long as the evidence is relevant and its probative value is not substantially outweighed by the danger of unfair prejudice.” United States v. Norton, 26 F.3d 240, 244 (1st Cir.1994).

We conclude that the district court did not abuse its discretion in concluding that Ms. Landry's testimony did open the door. As Ms. Landry conceded, her testimony on direct examination created a false impression that made the circumstances of her termination relevant for questioning. Furthermore, although the prejudicial effect of a drunk-driving conviction is significant, the district court reasonably concluded that the alternative-jury speculation-was worse. The district court acted within its discretion in admitting evidence of the drunk-driving charge.

C.

Ms. Landry also maintains that the Government engaged in improper argument during its closing arguments by emphasizing the cost and expense of providing its expert witnesses for this trial. During its initial closing argument, the Government told the jury that, “[a]t considerable expense, the government provided testimony from witnesses” who understood how the credit card companies' computer systems worked. Trial Tr. vol. II, 428. The Government also stated that it “went at great length here not just to bring a regional investigator, not to bring someone local, but to make sure we got the right person.” Id. at 440. The Government noted again that “the government, again, went to length to provide three witnesses with specialized knowledge.” Id. at 442.

Because Ms. Landry made no objection to the prosecutor's statements at trial, we review for plain error whether the Government engaged in improper argument. Plain error requires a showing “(1) that an error occurred (2) which was clear or obvious and which not only (3) affected the defendant's substantial rights, but also (4) seriously impaired the fairness, integrity, or public reputation of judicial proceedings.” United States v. Duarte, 246 F.3d 56, 60 (1st Cir.2001). This type of error “will not be recognized unless it caused a miscarriage of justice or seriously undermined the integrity or public reputation of judicial proceedings.” United States v. Henderson, 320 F.3d 92, 105 (1st Cir.2003) (internal quotation marks and citation omitted).

Reversal is necessary only if the remarks in closing argument have “so poisoned the well that the trial's outcome was likely affected.” Henderson, 320 F.3d at 107 (quotation marks and citation omitted). Factors for consideration include: “(1) the severity of the prosecutor's misconduct, including whether it was deliberate or accidental; (2) the context in which the misconduct occurred; (3) whether the judge gave curative instructions and the likely effect of such instructions; and (4) the strength of the evidence against the defendants.” United States v. Nelson-Rodriguez, 319 F.3d 12, 38 (1st Cir.2003) (quoting United States v. Whibey, 75 F.3d 761, 771-72 (1st Cir.1996)) (quotation marks omitted).

We do not believe there was plain error. To be sure, the Government's statements were improper: The reference to getting “the right person” constituted improper bolstering of the credibility of the Government's expert witnesses, and the statements regarding the time and expense in procuring those expert witnesses were plainly irrelevant. The Government's statements cannot, however, fairly be characterized as a grave breach. Moreover, Ms. Landry can point to, at most, only four objectionable statements. All of these statements are only one to two sentences each. Whether these statements were intentional or not is unclear, but the offensive remarks comprise at most a small part of the closing arguments. No curative instructions were given, but this omission was due to Ms. Landry's failure to object. Indeed, in another case involving allegations of improper statements made by the Government in closing argument, we noted our “concern[ ] with the fact that there was no contemporaneous objection or request for curative instructions, thus depriving the district judge of the opportunity to provide special or additional instructions.” United States v. Castro-Davis, 612 F.3d 53, 68 (1st Cir.2010). It is also likely that the prosecutor's remarks had no appreciable effect on the jury. Given the high standard for plain error and the consideration of these factors, no plain error occurred.

D.

Ms. Landry submits that in imposing the sentence, the district court should not have considered the fact that identity fraud as a crime is increasing in frequency, and, therefore, requires additional deterrence. She notes that, even though she was subject to a mandatory consecutive sentence of twenty-four months under the Identity Theft Penalty Enhancement Act, 18 U.S.C. § 1028A, the district court considered the growing crime of identity theft in setting her sentence at the top of the guideline range for her convictions for wire fraud, fraud in connection with an access device and social security fraud. Notably, however, she does not argue that the court erred in any respect in calculating the guideline range, in considering the statutory sentencing factors or in understanding the facts of the case.

At the sentencing hearing, the district court imposed a sentence at the top of the guideline range. The district court, discussing its consideration of all the factors in 18 U.S.C. § 3553(a), stated:

Turning to deterrence, ․ identity fraud is a growing problem in this country, and it is as true in Maine as anywhere. Maine has a number of businesses, like credit card companies, where employees have access to sensitive financial and personal information, and the sentence should therefore take into account the need to deter such conduct.

Sent. Tr., 31.

Both parties invite our attention to United States v. Politano, 522 F.3d 69 (1st Cir.2008). The defendant in Politano was convicted of dealing firearms without a license. Id. at 71. At the sentencing hearing, the district court noted:

I think any reader of the daily newspapers is aware that the illegal trafficking of firearms at the street level is a significant contributing factor in what, without exaggeration I think, can be called an epidemic of handgun violence in communities within this district․ And so I think [this offense] has to be punished by a sentence which reflects the seriousness, promotes respect for it in compliance with the law, and has an effect both specifically but also a general deterrence effect as advice to others who might commit it.

Id. at 72. The defendant in Politano challenged the district court for relying on “generalized reports.” Id. at 73 (quotation marks omitted). In upholding the sentence, we commented that, post-Booker,5 “the district court has the discretion to take into account ․ the particular community in which the offense arose.” Id. at 74. Additionally, “[g]eneral deterrence is about preventing criminal behavior by the population at large and, therefore, incorporates some consideration of persons beyond the defendant.” Id.

The district court did not err in considering identity fraud as a growing crime in Maine and in the Nation. At the sentencing hearing, the district court explained extensively its decision and consideration of the factors for sentencing. Sent. Tr., 28-34. The district court discussed identity fraud in the context of deterrence, a factor specifically identified as relevant by the governing statute. See 18 U.S.C. § 3553(a)(2)(B). The district court explicitly stated that this was “a growing problem in this country, and it is as true in Maine as anywhere.” Sent. Tr., 31 (emphasis added). Similar to the sentencing court in Politano, the district court considered the crime of identity theft regionally; it then noted that the situation in Maine was part of a growing national problem. In doing so, the court was following Congress's explicit mandate that it consider deterrence in adjudicating a sentence.

Nor do we believe that the court erred in considering the widespread growth of identity theft even though Ms. Landry already was subject to a mandatory, consecutive, two-year sentence under the Identity Theft and Penalty Enhancement Act, 18 U.S.C. § 1028A. Congress, in imposing the mandatory sentence, separated the sentence for predicate offenses-that is, the crimes related to the aggravated theft-from the mandatory two-year sentence. See 18 U .S.C. § 1028A(b)(3) (“[I]n determining any term of imprisonment to be imposed for the felony during which the means of identification was transferred, possessed, or used, a court shall not in any way reduce the term to be imposed for such crime so as to compensate for, or otherwise take into account, any separate term of imprisonment imposed ․ for a violation of this section[.]”).

In this case, Ms. Landry was convicted of the predicate offenses of wire fraud, fraud in connection with an access device and social security fraud. These predicate offenses were in part due to her use of false identifying information, and so, independent of the charge for aggravated identity theft, the district court could consider the need to deter identity theft in determining the sentence for these predicate crimes.6 Accordingly, the district court did not err when it considered, motivated by a concern for general deterrence, the growth of identity fraud in Maine and beyond.

Conclusion

The district court did not abuse its discretion in admitting evidence of the traffic stop and of Ms. Landry's drunk-driving conviction. We also conclude that no plain error occurred in the Government's closing arguments and that the district court's consideration of identity theft as a growing crime was not improper. For the foregoing reasons, the judgment of the district court is affirmed.

AFFIRMED

FOOTNOTES

1.  The district court had jurisdiction pursuant to 18 U.S.C. § 3231.

2.  This court has jurisdiction over the final decision of the district court pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1291.

3.  Even though Ms. Landry does not assert a defense of mistake, her claim of innocent involvement is an adequate basis for admitting evidence to rebut that claim. Notably, Rule 404(b) evidence is admissible to show intent even when such evidence is not admissible to illustrate absence of mistake on the part of the defendant. See United States v. Ward, 190 F.3d 483, 489 (6th Cir.1999) (determining evidence of prior drug conviction was not valid to show absence of mistake because mistake was not at issue, but evidence was valid to show the defendant had intent to distribute cocaine).

4.  Relying on United States v. Hansen, 434 F.3d 92 (1st Cir.2006), the Government maintains that Ms. Landry failed to preserve this issue for appeal because she conceded in the sidebar that the Government could ask questions about the termination. In Hansen, the court found that the defendant had waived his right to object to jury instructions when, after the instructions were given, the defendant stated, “I am content.” Id. at 101. In this case, Ms. Landry clearly objected to questioning about the drunk-driving conviction. Ms. Landry conceded that the Government could ask about the termination, but, unlike the defendant in Hansen, Ms. Landry protested to questioning about the underlying drunk-driving conviction. The existence of a termination and the underlying drunk-driving conviction are distinct facts. We conclude that Ms. Landry did not consent to questioning about the drunk-driving conviction and therefore did not waive the issue.

5.  United States v. Booker, 543 U.S. 220 (2005).

6.  We also note that the court made clear that it imposed the maximum sentence in large part because it viewed Ms. Landry as unrepentant.

RIPPLE, Circuit Judge.