United States v. Bedini, No. 15-2406 (1st Cir. 2017)Annotate this Case
The First Circuit affirmed the judgments convicting and sentencing Tony Bedini and Iskender Kapllani (together, Defendants) for conspiracy to distribute cocaine. On appeal, Defendants argued, inter alia, that they suffered unfair prejudice from being charged with participating in a single drug conspiracy but then jointly tried based on evidence that allegedly showed their participation in two separate drug conspiracies. The First Circuit held (1) the record supported a jury finding that Defendants participated in a single drug conspiracy; (2) the district court did not err in rejecting the jury instruction that Defendants had requested regarding whether the jury had to find a single conspiracy; and (3) Defendants’ remaining challenges to their convictions and sentences were without merit.