The appellants challenge their convictions and sentences for alleged drug trafficking, alleged money laundering, and alleged conspiracy. Two witnesses testified under aliases. Defense counsel were provided with their true names and significant background information. Balancing the public interest in protecting the flow of information against the defendants' confrontation rights, the limited use of pseudonyms did not violate the Confrontation Clause in this case. The convictions and sentences are affirmed, but the sentences effected by an error conceded by the government are vacated and remanded for resentencing. 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, No. 11-41376, 07-29-2013.
United States v. Alaniz
August 12, 2013