The Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals published its opinion in United States v. Mendoza-Lopez on Friday, February 24, 2012.
The Tenth Circuit affirmed the district court’s sentence. Petitioner appeals his sentence, arguing the district court denied him his right of allocution. Applying the plain error standard of review, the Court concluded that “the district court erred by inviting [Petitioner] to speak only with respect to where within the Guidelines range the court should sentence him. This error, however, did not seriously affect the fairness, integrity, or public reputation of judicial proceedings.”