United States v. Hunter

548 F.3d 1308 (2008)

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United States v. Hunter

United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
548 F.3d 1308 (2008)

Facts

Mackenzie Hunter (defendant) sold a handgun to a teenager who later shot and killed Vanessa Quinn in a shopping center. Hunter pleaded guilty to unlawfully transferring a firearm to a juvenile. Before Hunter was sentenced, Quinn’s parents, Ken and Sue Antrobus (the Antrobuses) moved under the Crime Victims’ Rights Act (CVRA) to have Quinn declared a victim and for the right to make a victim-impact statement and receive restitution. The district court denied the motion, and the Tenth Circuit denied the Antrobuses’s application for a writ of mandamus. After Hunter was sentenced, the Antrobuses appealed Hunter’s sentence and the denial of their motion. The government (plaintiff) moved to dismiss the appeal, arguing that the court lacked jurisdiction to hear the appeal because the Antrobuses were not parties to the underlying criminal case.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Tacha, J.)

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