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WHO NEVA SI DIS?

QUESTIONS TO U ABOUT THE UNITED STATES


PPL SINCE MI TELL UNNO SEH MI SEE ALL SMADDY A CONGRESS A READ DI BLOG HERE MI WANT UNNO SEH SOME PUBLIC THINGS ABOUT YOUR LIVES HERE AS IMMIGRANTS:-
1) WHAT HAVE YOU HAD TO DO TO SURVIVE?
2) DO YOU THINK MARRIAGE SHOULD BE THE MAIN WAY TO IMPROVE YOUR STATUS, IF NOT WHY?
3) DID YOU ACHIEVE THE GOALS YOU SET OUT TO? IF YES HOW…IF NOT HOW COME?
4)WOULD YOU GO BACK HOME ? IF YES WHY AND IF NO WHY NOT?

5)HOW HAVE YOU CHANGED AS A PERSON SINCE BEING ABROAD?

6) DO YOU THINK THE U.S’s TREATMENT/JUDGEMENT OF JAMAICAN IS FAIR?
7) DO YOU CARE ABOUT OTHERS AND THAT THE DECISIONS YOU MAKE HERE MAY IMPACT THEM?
8)HAS EVERYTHING YOU HAVE DONE HERE TO SURVIVE WORTH IT?
9) HOW WOULD FAIR AND NEW IMMIGRATION LAWS CHANGE YOUR LIFE NOW?
10) WOULD YOU LIKE TO INVEST IN JAMAICA FOR A BETTER TOMORROW?

CONGRATULATIONS!

CONGRATULATIONS TO REBECCA SILVERA N LUTON SHELTON ON THEIR BABY BOY BORN LASTNIGHT….

SANTRA RUCKER-

SHUNDRA Says:

April 11th, 2010 at 5:10 pm

JUST FOUND OUT THEY DONT EVEN GIVE MURDERERS THIS MUCH TIME & WHAT ABOUT THE BOYFRIEND DID HE GET ANYTIME & HOW DID THEY EVEN COME UP WITH THIS MANY YRS. JEFFERY DOMNER DIDNT GET THIS MUCH TIME. STAY STRONG 7 I HOPE U GET OUT REAL SOON

Raider Says:

July 1st, 2010 at 9:36 pm

She was just a scapegoat. Dude was a lame. That guilt by association crap is the lazy mans way out in trying a case. The Judge should never have allowed any statements from inmates who claimed the saw her before. Please these cats were already locked up. The judge should have been fired and her attorneys I’m surprised no real nukkaz went after him and that lame dope boy. By now she has learned a valuable lesson let her GO!!!

E.KELLY Says:

July 10th, 2010 at 1:25 am

I DID TIME WITH HER IN HAZELTON, WV AND SHE IS A WONDERFUL PERSON. I GREW TO LOVE HER AS MY SISTER IN ISLAM. SHE IS VERY SMART AND WISE WOMAN. TO GIVE HER 390 YEARS FOR SOMETHING SHE DID NOT DO IS FLAT OUT WRONG. I LOVE YOU SANTRA, YOU ARE THE DEFINITION OF A STRONG BLACK WOMAN.

ANTMO Says:

August 22nd, 2010 at 7:34 am

THIS DANA’S GODSON AND JOE’S SECOND SON. I TALK TO DANA ALMOST EVERYDAY AND YOUR NAME ALWAYS COME IN A POSITIVE WAY. YOUR DAUGHTERS ARE GROWING UP TO BE SOME VERY BEAUTIFUL YOUNG LADIES. LOVE U AND U WILL TOUCHDOWN IN DO TIME

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SANTRA RUCKER

UNPUBLISHED UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE FOURTH CIRCUIT

U NITED S TATES OF A MERICA , Plaintiff-Appellee,

v. No. 01-4106 D ARRYL G LEN R ILEY , a/k/a Kendu, Defendant-Appellant.

U NITED S TATES OF A MERICA , Plaintiff-Appellee,

v. No. 01-4150 S ANTRA L AVONNE R UCKER , Defendant-Appellant.

U NITED S TATES OF A MERICA , Plaintiff-Appellee,

v. No. 01-4204 S ANTRA L AVONNE R UCKER , Defendant-Appellant. Appeals from the United States District Court

for the Eastern District of Virginia, at Richmond.

Richard L. Williams, Senior District Judge. (CR-98-101)

Submitted: September 28, 2001

Decided: October 22, 2001 Before WIDENER, KING, and GREGORY, Circuit Judges.

Affirmed by unpublished per curiam opinion. COUNSEL Christopher F. Cowan, COWAN, NORTH & LAFRATTA, L.L.P.,

Richmond, Virginia; Barbara L. Hartung, Richmond, Virginia, for

Appellants. Kenneth E. Melson, United States Attorney, John S. Davis, Assistant United States Attorney, Sara E. Flannery, Special

Assistant United States Attorney, Richmond, Virginia, for Appellee.

Unpublished opinions are not binding precedent in this circuit. See

Local Rule 36(c).

OPINION PER CURIAM:

Darryl Glen Riley and Santra Lavonne Rucker were convicted of numerous counts of possession with intent to distribute cocaine base “crack.” Under Count 1 of the superceding indictment, the Appellants were also convicted of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute fifty grams or more of crack and five or more kilograms of powder cocaine. This court affirmed all of Riley’s and Rucker’s convictions and sentences but remanded to the district court to determine whether their sentences for Count 1 were imposed in accordance with United States v. Rhynes , 196 F.3d 207 (4th Cir. 1999), vacated in part on other grounds , 218 F.3d 310 (4th Cir.) (en banc), and cert. denied , U.S. 1222 (2000). 1 See United States v. Riley , No. 99-4079, 99- In Rhynes , the defendants were charged with conspiracy to distribute or possess with intent to distribute heroin, cocaine, cocaine base, and marijuana. 196 F.3d at 214. The district court instructed the jury that it could return a guilty verdict if it found a defendant had conspired to distribute any of those controlled substances. Id. at 237. Because the jury returned a general verdict, this court held that the verdict was ambiguous and that the district court was prohibited “from imposing a sentence in excess of the statutory maximum for the least-punished object on which the conspiracy conviction could have been based.” Id. at 238-39. 1 (4th Cir. May 15, 2000) (unpublished), cert. denied , 531 U.S. (2000).

On remand in the instant case, the district court found that for Count 1 the jury only was instructed as to whether Riley and Rucker conspired to possess with intent to distribute fifty grams or more of crack cocaine. Thus, there was no Rhynes error as the jury could only have found them guilty for dealing in crack. Accordingly, the district court again sentenced Riley and Rucker to life sentences for Count 1. On appeal from their resentencing, Appellants raise several issues.

For the reasons that follow, we affirm.

Riley and Rucker both allege that their convictions and sentences for Count 1 have been rendered invalid in light of the Supreme Court’s opinion in Apprendi v. New Jersey , 530 U.S. 466 (2000), and related cases. 2 This claim fails, however, because Appellants were sentenced within the statutory maximum for conspiring to possess with intent to distribute fifty or more grams of crack. See 21 U.S.C.A. §§ 841(b)(1)(A)(iii), 846 (West 1999 & Supp. 2001). In Apprendi , the Supreme Court held that “[o]ther than the fact of a prior conviction, any fact that increases the penalty for a crime beyond the prescribed statutory maximum must be submitted to a jury, and proved beyond a reasonable doubt.” 530 U.S. at 490.

In the instant case, Appellants were indicted for fifty or more grams of crack and the jury was instructed that they must find that amount of crack as an element of the offense. Thus, Riley and Rucker have suffered no harm in light of Apprendi . See United States v. Richardson , 233 F.3d 223, 231 (4th Cir. 2000) (holding no Apprendi error where both indictment and jury charge cite to specific drug amounts), petition for cert. filed, (U.S. Mar. 19, 2001) (No. 00-9234).

Riley and Rucker also disagree with the district court’s application of certain sentencing enhancements, again alleging they are invalid in light of Apprendi . This court has rejected such claims. See United States v. Kinter , 235 F.3d 192, 199-200 (4th Cir. 2000) (holding that Apprendi does not affect a judge’s exercise of sentencing discretion Appellants also rely on Richardson v. United States , 526 U.S. 813 (1999). within a statutory range so long as a defendant’s sentence is not set beyond the maximum term specified in the substantive statute), cert. denied , 121 S. Ct. 1393 (2001); United States v. Obi , 239 F.3d 662, (4th Cir. 2001) (sentencing court does not violate Apprendi when it makes factual findings that result in increased punishment under the Sentencing Guidelines), petition for cert. filed , (U.S. May 8, 2001) (No. 00-9833).

Next, Riley and Rucker allege that their other drug distribution convictions are also invalidated by Apprendi . Because these arguments are beyond the scope of our remand, we decline to address them in this appeal. See Omni Outdoor Adver., Inc. v. Columbia Outdoor Adver., Inc. , 974 F.2d 502, 505-06 (4th Cir. 1992) (noting that those issues not previously raised in the first appeal will be considered waived and thus cannot be raised in a subsequent appeal); United States v. Jackson , 186 F.3d 836, 838 (7th Cir. 1999) (applying the doctrine in a criminal appeal).

Finally, Rucker alleges that the district court erred by denying her motion at the resentencing hearing to appoint counsel to assist her in any subsequent motion filed under 28 U.S.C.A. § 2255 (West Supp. 1). We do not find that the district court erred in denying the motion as there is no right to habeas counsel, see Pennsylvania v. Finley , 481 U.S. 551, 555 (1987), and Rucker has failed to show that the “interests of justice” require that she be appointed counsel. See 18 U.S.C.A. § 3006A(a)(2) (West 2000); Rule 8(c) of the Rules Governing Section 2255 Proceedings.

Accordingly, we affirm the district court’s resentencing of Riley and Rucker for Count 1 of the superceding indictment. We grant Riley’s motion to file a pro se supplemental brief but find no meritorious issues raised therein. We dispense with oral argument because the facts and legal contentions are adequately presented in the materials before the court and argument would not aid the decisional process. AFFIRMED

•Issue #5: Santra Rucker – Sentenced to a 290-years in prison for being the girl friend of a drug dealer and not taking the plea bargin

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