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United States v. Williams

3rd Circuit

September 10, 2020

In United States v. Williams, the 3rd Circuit affirmed the convictions of ten codefendants whose claims of error involved the right to a public trial, suppression as well as other evidentiary issues, and sentencing. In a 107-page opinion, the Court did not find merit in most of the defendants’ claims. But the 3rd Circuit vacated one of the defendants’ sentences because the District Court imposed sentence without first offering an opportunity for the defendant to allocute. The 3rd Circuit vacated one of the defendants’ sentences as it related to the assessment of restitution, fines, and costs, and remanded for consideration of the defendant’s ability to pay. Lastly, the 3rd Circuit vacated the sentences of seven of the defendants because the District Court erred when it assessed a fine to reimburse the City of York for the overtime wages paid to York police officers who testified at trial.

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