United States v. Mullinix, No. 09-1827 (3d Cir. 2011)Annotate this Case
Defendants, who operated what purported to be online pharmacies, were convicted on a 42-count indictment alleging crimes arising from a multi-national, internet-based, controlled-substance-distribution scheme. They have appealed multiple decisions of the trial court and appealed their conviction. The Third Circuit affirmed. Among other challenges, the court rejected arguments: that the money-laundering convictions impermissibly merge with underlying predicate felonies; that the district court should have suppressed evidence from untimely-sealed surveillance records; that the indictment, evidence, and jury instructions were insufficient to sustain a Continuing Criminal Enterprise conviction; and that the court erred in calculating sentences; the the alleged conduct, distribution of controlled substances via the internet, was not illegal at the time charged; that the money laundered was obtained by lawful means; and that certain convictions were misdemeanors, not felonies.