United States v. Alaniz, No. 11-41376 (5th Cir. 2013)Annotate this Case
Defendants appealed their convictions and sentences for drug trafficking, money laundering, and conspiracy thereof. The court concluded that the evidence was sufficient to convict all of the defendants; the prosecution sufficiently identified Defendant Magana at trial; challenges to the admission or exclusion of evidence were rejected; challenges to jury instructions were rejected; and challenges to various statements made by the prosecutor were rejected. The court concluded, however, that Count 10 charging Defendant Salas and the ML defendants with a conspiracy violating 18 U.S.C. 1956(h) was submitted to the jury without any special interrogatories asking the jury to specify which of the provisions each defendant had conspired to violate and, consequently, the sentences of these defendants should be vacated and remanded for resentencing. The court otherwise affirmed the convictions and sentences in full.