USA v. Westley Kennedy
Opinion issued by court as to Appellant Westley Kayeon Kennedy. Decision: Affirmed. Opinion type: Non-Published. Opinion method: Per Curiam. Motion to dismiss appeal due to appeal waiver filed by Appellee USA is GRANTED in part and DENIED in part. [7810751-2]. The opinion is also available through the Court's Opinions page at this link http://www.ca11.uscourts.gov/opinions.
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[DO NOT PUBLISH]
IN THE UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS
FOR THE ELEVENTH CIRCUIT
D.C. Docket No. 2:14-cr-00012-LGW-RSB-4
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,
WESTLEY KAYEON KENNEDY,
Appeal from the United States District Court
for the Southern District of Georgia
(February 2, 2017)
Before MARCUS, ROSENBAUM and FAY, Circuit Judges.
The government’s motion to dismiss this appeal is GRANTED, in part, as to
Kennedy’s argument that his plea agreement is procedurally unconscionable. See
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United States v. Puentes-Hurtado, 794 F.3d 1278, 1284 (11th Cir. 2015) (noting
that a conviction appeal waiver will be enforced if the plea agreement is voluntary
and taken in compliance with Rule 11). The government’s motion to dismiss is
DENIED with respect to Kennedy’s remaining argument—that his guilty plea was
involuntary because his counsel had a conflict of interest—because it is not barred
by his guilty plea or the conviction appeal waiver in his plea agreement. See id. at
1281, 1285 (holding that a defendant’s claim that his plea was involuntary and
unintelligent because his counsel rendered ineffective assistance is not barred by a
conviction appeal waiver). However, the record is not sufficiently developed to
allow meaningful review of Kennedy’s conflict of interest argument on direct
appeal. See Massaro v. United States, 538 U.S. 500, 504-05 (2003). Accordingly,
we AFFIRM Kennedy’s conviction, without prejudice to his ability to raise his
conflict of interest claim on collateral review.
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