105 F.3d 667: United States of America, Plaintiff-appellee, v. Miguel Reyes Magallanes, Defendant-appellant
United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit. - 105 F.3d 667
Submitted Dec. 13, 1996.*Decided Dec. 18, 1996
Appeal for the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington, D.C. No. CR-95-05101-JET; Jack E. Tanner, District Judge, Presiding.
Before: NOONAN, THOMPSON, and KLEINFELD, Circuit Judges.
We affirm the district judge's decision to adjust Magallanes' offense level upward for obstruction of justice under U.S.S.G. § 3C1.1. His finding that Magallanes committed perjury was not clearly erroneous.
Magallanes' testimony about the jacket kept changing, contradicting itself, and was implausible. The district judge said at sentencing that he believed Magallanes had lied in his testimony at trial and that he became more convinced of it during the sentencing hearing. At allocution, Magallanes reinforced the judge's impression, by claiming that his former lawyer had conspired with the government to have him convicted. The district judge's conclusion merits due deference because of the district judge's opportunity to observe Magallanes' demeanor and otherwise to assess his credibility. 18 U.S.C. § 3742(e); United States v. Barbosa, 906 F.2d 1366, 1370 (9th Cir.1990).