United States v. Graham, No. 09-5067 (4th Cir. 2013)Annotate this Case
Defendant was convicted of conspiracy to distribute more than five kilograms of cocaine and the district court imposed a mandatory life sentence. The court held that, because the district court's FRAP 10 findings were amply supported by the evidence presented at the hearing and enabled defendant to perfect his appeal, the court need not and did not address whether the Court Reporter Act, 28 U.S.C. 753(b), was violated; the district court's admission of the challenged statements was neither erroneous nor an abuse of discretion; and the court rejected defendant's challenge to his mandatory life sentence pursuant to Almendarez-Torres v. United States. Accordingly, the court affirmed the judgment.