USA v. Gatlin, No. 19-14969 (11th Cir. 2024)Annotate this Case
In the case reviewed, Jason Gatlin was convicted of sex trafficking of a minor, production of child pornography, and witness tampering in the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. The appeal focused on several issues including the evidence supporting the convictions, the district court's action in directing the jury to continue deliberating after they reached an inconsistent verdict, the proper application of sentencing enhancements and the reasonableness of the sentence, and whether the order of restitution violated Gatlin's constitutional rights.
The court affirmed Gatlin's convictions and sentences for sex trafficking of a minor and production of child pornography. The court found there was sufficient evidence to support these convictions. However, the court reversed Gatlin's conviction for witness tampering, finding that the evidence only established a remote or simply hypothetical possibility that the witness's recantation statements would reach a federal officer.
Regarding the sentencing, the court affirmed the district court's application of the custody, care, or supervisory control enhancement and the repeat offender enhancement. It also found Gatlin's life sentence was reasonable.
As to the restitution order, the court also affirmed it, holding that it did not violate Gatlin's Sixth Amendment rights. The court concluded that the district court did not err in its calculation of the restitution amount and did not violate Gatlin's rights.