United States v. Rios-Rivera, No. 15-2116 (1st Cir. 2019)Annotate this Case
The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant’s conviction and sentence for transporting a minor to a hotel in Puerto Rico with the intent to engage in criminal sexual activity with her, in violation of the Mann Act, 18 U.S.C. 2423(a), holding that Defendant’s arguments on appeal were unavailing.
Specifically, the Court held (1) Defendant forfeited his constitutional challenges to his conviction on the grounds that Congress lacked the authority to enact section 2423(a) and that the statute impermissibly discriminates against Puerto Ricans in violation of equal protection guarantees, and because Defendant failed to show clear or obvious error, both of his constitutional challenges failed; and (2) Defendant’s sentence was both procedurally and substantively reasonable.