691 Fed.Appx. 180 (5th Cir. 2017), 16-41194, United States v. Salazar

Docket Nº:16-41194
Citation:691 Fed.Appx. 180
Opinion Judge:STEPHEN A. HIGGINSON, Circuit Judge:
Party Name:UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, Plaintiff-Appellee v. EUSEBIO SALAZAR, JR., Defendant-Appellant
Attorney:For UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, Plaintiff - Appellee: Jason B. Smith, Carmen Castillo Mitchell, Assistant U.S. Attorney, U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of Texas, Houston, TX. For EUSEBIO SALAZAR, JR., Defendant - Appellant: Micah Wayne Hatley, Hatley Law Firm, Victoria, TX.
Judge Panel:Before DAVIS, SOUTHWICK, and HIGGINSON, Circuit Judges.
Case Date:June 21, 2017
Court:United States Courts of Appeals, Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
 
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691 Fed.Appx. 180 (5th Cir. 2017)

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, Plaintiff-Appellee

v.

EUSEBIO SALAZAR, JR., Defendant-Appellant

No. 16-41194

United States Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit

June 21, 2017

UNPUBLISHED

Editorial Note:

Please Refer Federal Rule of Appellate Procedure Rule 32.1

Appeal from the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas. USDC No. 2:15-CR-1139-2.

United States v. Escobedo, (S.D. Tex., Apr. 20, 2016)

For UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, Plaintiff - Appellee: Jason B. Smith, Carmen Castillo Mitchell, Assistant U.S. Attorney, U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of Texas, Houston, TX.

For EUSEBIO SALAZAR, JR., Defendant - Appellant: Micah Wayne Hatley, Hatley Law Firm, Victoria, TX.

Before DAVIS, SOUTHWICK, and HIGGINSON, Circuit Judges.

OPINION

STEPHEN A. HIGGINSON, Circuit Judge:[*]

Following a bench trial, Eusebio Salazar, Jr., was convicted of conspiracy to transport illegal aliens within the United States and two counts of transporting illegal aliens, in violation of 8 U.S.C. § 1324(a), and sentenced to 30 months of imprisonment on each count, with the sentences running concurrently. On appeal, he argues that the district court erred by denying his motion to suppress the evidence obtained following a stop by Border Patrol agents because the agents lacked reasonable suspicion to stop the vehicle he was driving. In lieu of filing a brief, the Government filed a motion for summary affirmance or, in the alternative, a motion for an extension of time to file its brief.

When reviewing a denial of a motion to suppress evidence, this court reviews factual findings for clear error and conclusions of law de novo. United States v. Pack, 612 F.3d 341, 347 (5th Cir. 2010). " [A] district court's determination that a seizure has or has not occurred is a finding of fact subject to reversal only for clear error." United States v. Valdiosera-Godinez, 932 F.2d 1093, 1098 n.1 (5th Cir. 1991). Summary affirmance is proper where, among other instances, " the position of one of the parties is clearly right as a matter of law so that there can be no substantial question as to the outcome of the case." Groendyke Transp., Inc. v. Davis, 406 F.2d 1158, 1162 (5th Cir. 1969). The Government claims that the issues in this case are foreclosed by " well-settled authority," including, inter alia, Terry v. Ohio, 392 U.S. 1, 88 S.Ct. 1868,...

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