Edwardo Toledo-rivera, Petitioner-appellant, v. United States of America, Respondent-appellee, 963 F.2d 380 (9th Cir. 1992)

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US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit - 963 F.2d 380 (9th Cir. 1992) Submitted May 7, 1992. *Decided May 13, 1992

Before JAMES R. BROWNING and FARRIS, Circuit Judges, and MACBRIDE,**  District Judge.

MEMORANDUM*** 

Edwardo Toledo-Rivera appeals the district court's denial of his habeas petition. Toledo-Rivera argues that his sentence violates the Equal Protection Clause because: (1) his co-defendant, who received an identical sentence, has been released and (2) Toledo-Rivera remains incarcerated. We affirm.

In United States v. Vaccaro, 816 F.2d 443, 458 (9th Cir.), cert. denied, 484 U.S. 928 (1987), we held that " [i]t is within the discretion of the court to impose disparate sentences as long as the judge takes into account individual circumstances." The Eighth Circuit reached a similar conclusion regarding parole dates. See Patten v. N. Dakota Parole Bd., 783 F.2d 140, 141 (8th Cir. 1986) ("That co-defendants receive different parole dates does not violate a right of the one who gets the later date.").

Toledo-Rivera does not argue that his original conviction and sentence are infirm. Nor does he argue that he has not been released for improper reasons. The fact that a co-defendant merited an earlier release date, standing alone, does not entitle Toledo-Rivera to relief. The district court did not err.

AFFIRMED.

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Pursuant to Ninth Circuit Rule 34-4, the panel unanimously finds this case suitable for disposition without oral argument

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Honorable Thomas J. MacBride, Senior Judge for the Eastern District of California, sitting by designation

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This disposition is not appropriate for publication and may not be cited to or by the courts of this Circuit except as provided by Ninth Circuit Rule 36-3