United States v. Bell, No. 08-3037 (D.C. Cir. 2015)Annotate this Case
Defendants Bell and Wilson, two members of the Congress Park Crew gang, appealed their conviction and sentences for their involvement in various crimes including crack distribution. The court rejected Wilson's argument that substitutions of trial counsel deprived him of effective representation where the court was unpersuaded by his theory of appeal, which hinges on an extension of the doctrine of presumptive prejudice; the district court did not abuse its discretion by admitting evidence of two uncharged murders; the court found no Brady violations based on suppression of certain reports; even considering the cumulative effect of the multiple alleged Brady violations, the untimely or suppressed materials are insufficient to undermine the court's confidence in the jury's verdict or to overcome the Government's evidence; and the court rejected defendants' sentencing challenges where the sentences did not violate the Sixth Amendment and were procedurally and substantively reasonable. Accordingly, the court affirmed the judgment of the district court.
The court issued a subsequent related opinion or order on December 22, 2015.