United States v. Leon-Arguello

No. 05-40492 | 5th Cir. | Dec 14, 2005


Ramon Leon-Arguello appeals from his guilty-plea conviction for being found in the United States after a previous deportation. Leon-Arguello’s constitutional challenge is foreclosed by Almendarez-Torres v. United States, 523 U.S. 224" court="SCOTUS" date_filed="1998-03-24" href="https://app.midpage.ai/document/almendarez-torres-v-united-states-118188?utm_source=webapp" opinion_id="118188">523 U.S. 224, 235, 118 S.Ct. 1219, 140 L.Ed.2d 350 (1998). Although Leon-Arguello contends that Almendarez-Torres was incorrectly decided and that a majority of the Supreme Court would overrule Almendarez-Torres in light of Apprendi v. New Jersey, 530 U.S. 466" court="SCOTUS" date_filed="2000-06-26" href="https://app.midpage.ai/document/apprendi-v-new-jersey-118381?utm_source=webapp" opinion_id="118381">530 U.S. 466, 120 S.Ct. 2348, 147 L.Ed.2d 435 (2000), we have repeatedly rejected such arguments on the basis that AlmendarezTorres remains binding. See United States v. Garza-Lopez, 410 F.3d 268" court="5th Cir." date_filed="2005-05-19" href="https://app.midpage.ai/document/united-states-v-oscar-garza-lopez-790488?utm_source=webapp" opinion_id="790488">410 F.3d 268, 276 (5th Cir.), cert. denied, — U.S. —, 126 S.Ct. 298, — L.Ed.2d — (2005). LeonArguello properly concedes that his argument is foreclosed in light of AlmendarezTorres and circuit precedent, but he raises it here to preserve it for further review.

*779Accordingly, the district court’s judgment is AFFIRMED.

Pursuant to 5th Cir. R. 47.5, the court has determined that this opinion should not be published and is not precedent except under the limited circumstances set forth in 5th Cir. R. 47.5.4.