USA v. Luis Esparza-Casillas
UNPUBLISHED OPINION FILED. [16-41159 Affirmed ] Judge: WED , Judge: LHS , Judge: SAH Mandate pull date is 03/16/2017 for Appellant Luis Alberto Esparza-Casillas; granting motion for summary affirmance filed by Appellant Mr. Luis Alberto Esparza-Casillas [8358614-2] [16-41159]
Date Filed: 02/23/2017
IN THE UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS
FOR THE FIFTH CIRCUIT
United States Court of Appeals
February 23, 2017
Lyle W. Cayce
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,
LUIS ALBERTO ESPARZA-CASILLAS,
Appeal from the United States District Court
for the Southern District of Texas
USDC No. 1:16-CR-287-1
Before DAVIS, SOUTHWICK, and HIGGINSON, Circuit Judges.
PER CURIAM: *
Luis Alberto Esparza-Casillas pleaded guilty to one count of illegal
reentry and was sentenced to 41 months of imprisonment. Esparza-Casillas
has filed an unopposed motion for summary disposition arguing for the first
time on appeal that the district court committed reversible plain error by
convicting, sentencing, and entering judgment against him under 8 U.S.C.
§ 1326(b)(2) because his prior Texas conviction for aggravated assault is not an
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 R. 47.5, the court has determined that this opinion should not
be published and is not precedent except under the limited circumstances set forth in 5TH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.
Date Filed: 02/23/2017
“aggravated felony.” Relying on Johnson v. United States, 135 S. Ct. 2551
(2015), he argues that the definition of a “crime of violence” in 18 U.S.C. § 16(b),
incorporated by reference into the definition of an “aggravated felony” in
8 U.S.C. § 1101(a)(43)(F), is unconstitutionally vague on its face.
acknowledges, however, that his argument is foreclosed by this court’s decision
in United States v. Gonzalez-Longoria, 831 F.3d 670 (5th Cir. 2016) (en banc),
petition for cert. filed (Sept. 29, 2016) (No. 16-6259). 1 Accordingly, the motion
for summary disposition is GRANTED, and the district court’s judgment is
The recent grant of certiorari by the United States Supreme Court on the issue of
whether § 16(b) is unconstitutional in light of Johnson in Lynch v. Dimaya, 137 S. Ct. 31
(2016), does not alter this analysis. This court is bound by its own precedent unless and until
that precedent is altered by a decision of the Supreme Court. See Wicker v. McCotter, 798
F.2d 155, 157-58 (5th Cir. 1986).
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