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Date: 09-28-2021

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United States of America v. John Booker, Jr.

Case Number: 20-1047

Judge: Joan Louise Larsen


Plaintiff's Attorney: Alexis M. Sanford, UNITED STATES ATTORNEY’S OFFICE

Defendant's Attorney:

Cincinnati, Ohio - Criminal defense Lawyer Directory


Cincinnati, Ohio - Criminal defense lawyer represented defendant with a one count of distributing a controlled substance charge.

In spring 2019, an undercover police officer was investigating a suspect named Julius
Walker for narcotics offenses. The officer arranged on several occasions to purchase
methamphetamine from Walker. John Booker accompanied Walker to one of these pre-arranged
sales, and it was Booker who handed the officer Walker’s drugs. Booker used this opportunity to
let the officer know that he could offer methamphetamine at a better price. Booker then gave the
officer his cell phone number. Over the course of the next month, Booker sold
methamphetamine to the officer on three separate occasions.
Things unraveled for Booker at his fourth planned sale to the officer. Booker noticed
police cars at the initial planned meeting location. He ultimately ended up fleeing, first by car—
with a passenger and her two-year-old daughter in tow—and then on foot. Police eventually
caught up with Booker. Once they apprehended him, officers dialed the phone number that
Booker had used to arrange sales with the undercover officer. Booker’s cell phone rang. He was
A federal grand jury indicted Booker on four counts of distributing methamphetamine in
violation of 21 U.S.C. § 841(a)(1). Booker pleaded guilty to the fourth charge, and the other
three were dismissed. The district court sentenced Booker as a career offender based on his prior
state convictions for unarmed robbery and for the “deliver[y]/manufacture” of a controlled
substance. See U.S.S.G. § 4B1.1(a). That classification increased his offense level by two,
making his advisory Guidelines range 188 to 235 months’ imprisonment. The district court
sentenced Booker to a 188-month prison term and 6 years of supervised release. The court also
imposed special supervised release conditions. Booker now appeals his sentence.
Booker argues that he should not have been sentenced as a career offender and that the
district court did not adequately explain its decision to apply the enhancement. Both claims fail.
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Because Booker challenged his career-offender status below, we review the application
of this enhancement de novo. United States v. Havis, 927 F.3d 382, 384 (6th Cir. 2019) (en
banc) (per curiam). To be a career offender, a defendant must have at least two prior felony
convictions that qualify as “controlled-substance offenses” or “crimes of violence.” United
States v. Garth, 965 F.3d 493, 495 (6th Cir. 2020) (citing U.S.S.G. § 4B1.1). The defendant’s
instant offense of conviction must also fall into one of those categories. U.S.S.G. § 4B1.1(a)(2).
At issue here is what constitutes a controlled-substance offense, which the Guidelines define as
“an offense under federal or state law . . . that prohibits the manufacture, import, export,
distribution, or dispensing of a controlled substance . . . or the possession of a controlled
substance . . . with intent to manufacture, import, export, distribute, or dispense.” U.S.S.G.
§ 4B1.2(b). To determine whether an offense meets this definition, we use the “categorical
approach,” which demands that “the least of the acts criminalized by the elements of th[e]
statute” of conviction “fall[] within the Guidelines’ definition.” Havis, 927 F.3d at 384–85
(emphasis omitted).
Booker argues that his prior conviction under Mich. Comp. Laws § 333.7401 for the
delivery or manufacture of a controlled substance and his instant conviction under 21 U.S.C.
§ 841(a)(1) for the distribution of a controlled substance are not valid career-offender predicates.
For support, he relies on United States v. Havis, where we held that the Guidelines’ definition of
“‘controlled substance offenses’ does not include attempt crimes.” 927 F.3d at 387. Michigan
law defines “delivery” as “the actual, constructive, or attempted transfer from [one] person to
another of a controlled substance.” Mich. Comp. Laws § 333.7105(1) (emphasis added). The
federal Controlled Substances Act (CSA) defines “distribute” as “to deliver” and, in turn, defines
“deliver” substantially the same way Michigan does: to make an “actual, constructive, or
attempted transfer of a controlled substance.” 21 U.S.C. § 802(8), (11) (emphasis added).
Because both definitions include “attempted transfer,” Booker contends that the least conduct
criminalized by each statute is “attempted delivery,” meaning that neither can be a predicate
offense under Havis.
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However, Booker admits that binding precedent forecloses his argument with respect to
the Michigan statute. See United States v. Thomas, 969 F.3d 583, 585 (6th Cir. 2020) (per
curiam). Still, he suggests that we have not yet decided whether the federal statute qualifies as a
predicate offense. Yet our prior reasoning with regard to the Michigan statute maps squarely
onto 21 U.S.C. § 841(a)(1). And we recently rejected an identical argument about § 841(a)(1),
albeit in an unpublished opinion. See United States v. Morton, ___ F. App’x ___, 2021 WL
289311, at *2 (6th Cir. Jan. 28, 2021).
In United States v. Thomas, we held that convictions for “delivery” under Mich. Comp.
Laws § 333.7401 are controlled-substance offenses. 969 F.3d at 585. We explained that the
word “distribution” in the Guidelines’ definition of “controlled substance offense” takes on the
definition given in the CSA. Id.; see United States v. Jackson, 984 F.3d 507, 512 (6th Cir. 2021)
(“[W]e routinely utilize the CSA (even after Havis) in defining the relevant conduct covered by
the [career-offender] Guidelines.”). And, as we established above, the Michigan and CSA
definitions are substantially identical. Compare Mich. Comp. Laws § 333.7105(1), with 21
U.S.C. § 802(8), (11). We held in Thomas that “the Michigan offense of delivery” is a
controlled-substance offense. 969 F.3d at 585. Essential to our reasoning was the observation
that the word “distribution” has the same definition in both the career-offender Guidelines and
the CSA. See id. Thus, Thomas illustrates why Booker’s § 841(a)(1) conviction is a predicate
controlled-substance offense.
At first blush, that reasoning might spark some confusion. If the Guidelines and relevant
statutes define predicate offenses to include the attempted transfer of a controlled substance, then
what of the rule from Havis that attempt crimes don’t count? Our caselaw eliminates that
concern along with any confusion that might stem from Havis. See id.; Garth, 965 F.3d at 497.
Havis addressed Tennessee’s definition of “delivery,” which is substantially identical to
the Michigan and CSA definitions. See 927 F.3d at 384 (citing Tenn. Code Ann. § 39-17-
402(6)). In Havis, both parties agreed that, under this definition, the least conduct criminalized
by the defendant’s statute of conviction was the inchoate offense of “attempted delivery.” Id. at
385. Based strictly on the parties’ shared assumption, we had occasion to decide whether the
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definition of “controlled substance offense” in U.S.S.G. § 4B1.2(b) includes attempt crimes, and
we held that it does not. Id. at 387.
But we’ve since determined that the parties’ assumption in Havis was wrong. United
States v. Elliott, 835 F. App’x 78, 81 (6th Cir. 2020); Thomas, 969 F.3d at 585. Federal law and
Michigan law both codify attempted distribution or delivery separately from the completed
offenses. See 21 U.S.C. § 846; Mich. Comp. Laws § 333.7407a(1); People v. Burton,
651 N.W.2d 143, 146 n.4 (Mich. Ct. App. 2002). We must “construe statutes, where possible, so
as to avoid rendering superfluous any parts thereof.” Astoria Fed. Sav. & Loan Ass’n v.
Solimino, 501 U.S. 104, 112 (1991); see also Koenig v. City of S. Haven, 597 N.W.2d 99, 104
(Mich. 1999) (“[A] court’s duty is to give meaning to all sections of a statute and to avoid, if at
all possible, nullifying one by an overly broad interpretation of another.”). So, we have held
that, under Michigan law, “an ‘attempted transfer’ constitutes a completed delivery rather than an
attempt crime.” United States v. Hill, 982 F.3d 441, 444 (6th Cir. 2020) (emphasis added)
(quoting Thomas, 969 F.3d at 585); see also Garth, 965 F.3d at 497 (applying this reasoning to
Tennessee’s delivery statute). The same applies to the analogous provisions of the CSA. See
Garth, 965 F.3d at 497; United States v. Havis, 929 F.3d 317, 319–20 (6th Cir. 2019) (Sutton, J.,
concurring in the denial of en banc reconsideration). Moreover, if we had taken a contrary route
and held that “distribution encompasses attempted distribution,” then “that would mean the
guidelines’ definition of controlled-substance offenses does include attempted crimes—the very
result we rejected in Havis.” Garth, 965 F.3d at 497.
It would be remarkable if Booker were right that § 841(a)(1) did not describe a
“controlled substance offense” under U.S.S.G. § 4B1.2(b). In directing the Sentencing
Commission to enact the career-offender Guidelines, Congress specifically instructed that
“offense[s] described in . . . 21 U.S.C. [§] 841” be covered. 28 U.S.C. § 994(h)(1)(B), (2)(B);
Jackson, 984 F.3d at 511–12. Booker would have us hold that the Sentencing Commission failed
to comply with this statutory command and, consequently, that the primary federal statute
criminalizing offenses related to controlled substances does not count as a “controlled substance
offense” under the Guidelines. But, for the same reasons that “delivery” of a controlled
substance under Mich. Comp. Laws § 333.7401 is a predicate offense, so is “distribution” of a
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controlled substance under 21 U.S.C. § 841(a). See Thomas, 969 F.3d at 585; Garth, 965 F.3d at
497. The district court properly sentenced Booker as a career offender.
Booker next argues that the district court committed procedural error by failing to address
his argument that 21 U.S.C. § 841(a)(1) is not a career-offender predicate. Booker admits that he
did not object to the adequacy of the district court’s explanation below, so we review only for
plain error. United States v. Vonner, 516 F.3d 382, 386 (6th Cir. 2008) (en banc). Booker must
“show (1) error (2) that was obvious or clear, (3) that affected [his] substantial rights and (4) that
affected the fairness, integrity, or public reputation of the judicial proceedings.” Id. (internal
quotation marks and citation omitted).
The district court specifically rejected Booker’s argument at sentencing. The court
explained that it would “not make any sense whatsoever” to find that the career-offender
Guidelines “do[] not include 401 convictions under the federal code.” This statement was a
reference to § 401 of the CSA, which is codified in 21 U.S.C. § 841(a)(1). See Pub. L. No.
91-513, § 401, 84 Stat. 1236, 1260–62 (1970).
Booker also complains that the district court did not expressly respond to his (somewhat
puzzling) argument that our decision in Costo v. United States, 904 F.2d 344 (6th Cir. 1990),
requires a different result. Costo involved a double-jeopardy issue. Id. at 348. We held that
attempted distribution of a controlled substance does not require any element that completed
distribution does not. Id. That holding has no bearing on whether the least culpable conduct
criminalized by the federal statute outlawing completed distribution qualifies as a controlledsubstance offense. Below, the district court explained that Judge Sutton’s opinion concurring in
the denial of en banc reconsideration in Havis and “[c]ongressional intent as outlined in 28 U.S.
Code 994(h)” both indicate that it was proper to apply the career-offender enhancement.
Because this reasoning was logically responsive to Booker’s Costo argument, the district court
did not need to address Costo explicitly. See United States v. Chiolo, 643 F.3d 177, 184–85 (6th
Cir. 2011). We find no error.
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Booker next challenges the special conditions of his supervised release. The district court
crafted special conditions mandating that Booker do the following during his six-year term of
supervision: (1) provide his probation officer “any requested financial information” and allow
his probation officer to release that information to the United States Attorney’s Office;
(2) comply with a nightly curfew; (3) refrain from the use or possession of controlled substances,
including marijuana; (4) refrain from the use or possession of alcohol and “not frequent any
establishments whose primary purpose is the sale and serving of alcohol”; (5) participate in a
program of testing and treatment for substance abuse and “pay at least a portion of the cost,
according to his ability to pay, as determined by his probation officer”; (6) submit to reasonable
probationary searches; (7) comply with certain employment or community service benchmarks;
and (8) not own any “cell phone or other electronic device” without the permission of his
probation officer and subject to other restrictions.
Booker argues that the district court “inadequately explained its reasoning for imposing
these special conditions” and “fail[ed] to analyze the conditions using the factors in 18 U.S.C.
§ 3553(a).” Booker did not object to his supervised release conditions below, so we review for
plain error. United States v. Zobel, 696 F.3d 558, 572 (6th Cir. 2012).
For a sentence to be procedurally reasonable, “the district court [must] state its rationale
for mandating special conditions of supervised release in open court at the time of sentencing.”
United States v. Henry, 819 F.3d 856, 874 (6th Cir. 2016) (internal quotation marks and citation
omitted). The district court, in so doing, is required to consider factors “specified in 18 U.S.C.
§ 3583(c),” a requirement the court can satisfy by considering certain § 3553(a) factors. See
Zobel, 696 F.3d at 572 (citing United States v. Presto, 498 F.3d 415, 419 (6th Cir. 2007)). But
we do not demand a repetitive discussion of those factors “where the special conditions of
supervised release logically flow from the reasons” the district court gave “for imposing a
sentence of incarceration.” United States v. Banks, 722 F. App’x 505, 512 (6th Cir. 2018) (citing
Zobel, 696 F.3d at 572); see United States v. Babcock, 753 F.3d 587, 593 (6th Cir. 2014)
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(“In outlining its reasons for imposing the sentence of incarceration . . . the district court was also
outlining the reasons supporting the [term] of supervised release, even though the court did not
do so explicitly.” (alterations in original) (internal quotation marks and citation omitted)). In
addition, an inadequate explanation is harmless error “if the reasons for imposing the special
conditions are ‘clear from the record.’” Henry, 819 F.3d at 874 (quoting United States v.
Collins, 799 F.3d 554, 599 (6th Cir. 2015)).
The district court provided a thorough analysis of the § 3553(a) factors. It explained that
“at a very young age, 24 years old, Mr. Booker has managed to roll up a criminal history placing
him in the highest criminal history category”—and this was true even “without the application of
the career offender guideline.” See 18 U.S.C. § 3553(a)(1). Additionally, the court observed
that Booker “has been impervious to rehabilitation”; a “relatively short period of time” had
elapsed between Booker’s last state conviction and his renewed criminal conduct. See id. The
court “view[ed] Mr. Booker as a serious risk to re-offend,” who “need[ed] to be specifically
deterred.” See id. § 3553(a)(2)(B). The court was also greatly concerned with the need to
protect the public, explaining that methamphetamine “is a major problem” in its jurisdiction. See
id. § 3553(a)(2)(C). After “consider[ing] all of the 3553 factors,” the court ultimately imposed a
sentence that it believed would “reflect the seriousness of the offense[,] . . . promote respect for
[federal] controlled substance laws[,] . . . and provide just punishment.” See id. § 3553(a)(2)(A).
The district court had no need to tie its discussion of the sentencing factors explicitly to
Booker’s supervised release conditions. See Henry, 819 F.3d at 874; Babcock, 753 F.3d at 593;
Zobel, 696 F.3d at 572. The district court’s concerns about Booker’s risk of recidivism and the
need to promote public safety formed the basis for both the prison term and the supervised
release conditions it imposed, as the nature of the selected conditions makes clear. See United
States v. Arnold, 549 F. App’x 491, 496 (6th Cir. 2013); Zobel, 696 F.3d at 572; Presto, 498 F.3d
at 419. The district court manifestly designed these conditions to steer Booker away from his
prior criminal activities and to facilitate effective monitoring by his probation officer. Because
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the district court provided an adequate explanation for these special conditions, this component
of Booker’s sentence was not procedurally unreasonable.1
Booker suggests that the district court had an additional duty to explain its imposition of
a probationary search condition because the Guidelines only expressly recommend this measure
in relation to sex offenses. See U.S.S.G. § 5D1.3(d)(7)(C). Likewise, he complains that the
Guidelines recommend financial disclosures in cases that, unlike Booker’s, involve the payment
of restitution, forfeiture, or fines. See id. § 5D1.3(d)(3). Yet, Booker admits that the Guidelines
recognize these conditions “may otherwise be appropriate in particular cases.” Id. § 5D1.3(d).
The same rationale that supports Booker’s other release conditions supports these two as well.
Financial disclosure will allow his probation officer to determine his ability to pay for drug
treatment, as the district court directed. It will also complicate any of Booker’s future efforts to
profit from trafficking illegal drugs. Similarly, the search provision will deter Booker from
returning to the old habits that have placed him in the Guidelines’ highest criminal history
category. It would have “serve[d] no useful purpose” for the district court to “repeat its
§ 3553(a) analysis with respect to the supervised-release” conditions here. See United States v.
O’Georgia, 569 F.3d 281, 289 (6th Cir. 2009); accord United States v. Clark, 726 F.3d 496, 501
(3d Cir. 2013).
Even if we agreed with Booker that the district court’s explanation was inadequate, any
error would be harmless because the record demonstrates why the district court found each
condition necessary. See Henry, 819 F.3d at 874. As the district court said, Booker’s proclivity
for returning to criminal conduct shows that he “ha[d] not taken to heart the lessons that he
learned from [his] prior convictions.” The district court also noted the need to protect the public
from the deleterious effects of drug distribution, observing that methamphetamine has been “a
major problem” in the district. We find that all of Booker’s special supervision conditions are
tailored toward dissuading him from returning to his old unlawful practices and protecting the
public from similar criminal acts. For example, the restriction on cell phone usage harkens back
to Booker’s regular use of a cell phone to arrange drug sales. The record indicates that any error
1Booker does not ask us to consider “[w]hether these conditions were in fact warranted,” which “is a
question of substantive reasonableness.” See Zobel, 696 F.3d at 572.
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in the district court’s explanation of Booker’s special supervision conditions was harmless,2
Collins, 799 F.3d at 599; United States v. Berridge, 74 F.3d 113, 119 (6th Cir. 1996), and
certainly was not plain error, see United States v. Ziska, 602 F. App’x 284, 293–94 (6th Cir.
None of the cases that Booker cites changes this result. In United States v. Inman, we
remanded for the district court to reconsider supervised release conditions that lacked any
apparent relation to the criminal conduct at issue. 666 F.3d 1001, 1004–06 (6th Cir. 2012) (per
curiam) (explaining that the district court imposed a lifetime ban on the consumption of alcohol
even though “[n]othing in the record suggest[ed] that Inman ha[d] any problem with alcohol or
drug[s]” and imposed a financial disclosure requirement where “Inman’s crime was not financial
in nature,” nor a crime that benefited him financially, such as drug trafficking); see also Zobel,
696 F.3d at 572 (distinguishing Inman). Similarly, we found remand necessary in United States
v. Maxwell because “nothing before the district court was said to have linked [the] activities
[prohibited by the release conditions] to the defendant’s offenses.” 483 F. App’x 233, 239 (6th
Cir. 2012). In United States v. Thompson, the government conceded that “the district court’s
total failure to articulate any basis for the lengthy term of supervised release or the onerous
special conditions” was plain error. 509 F. App’x 449, 453 (6th Cir. 2012). And finally, in
United States v. Dotson, we found an “absence of any statement that set[] forth the district
court’s actual rationale” for imposing certain broad restrictions. 715 F.3d 576, 588 (6th Cir.
2013) (quoting Maxwell, 483 F. App’x at 240). Dotson did not acknowledge our earlier
decisions, which establish that a district court may “engage[] in a single consideration of the
sentencing factors . . . embrac[ing] both the incarceration sentence and the supervised release
term.” Presto, 498 F.3d at 419; see Zobel, 696 F.3d at 572. Nor did Dotson grapple with
controlling precedent applying plain-error or harmless-error review in the relevant context. See,
e.g., United States v. Kingsley, 241 F.3d 828, 836–37 (6th Cir. 2001); Berridge, 74 F.3d at 119.
2Booker intimates that our early harmless error jurisprudence is inconsistent with the procedural
reasonableness requirements set forth in the Supreme Court’s decision in Gall v. United States, 552 U.S. 38,
50 (2007), but he fails to explain how. We can find no inconsistency, and we note that we have continued to
review supervised release conditions for harmless error after Gall. See, e.g., United States v. Blue, 767 F. App’x
608, 612–13 (6th Cir. 2019); Collins, 799 F.3d at 599.
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Booker’s arguments therefore are not persuasive, and he has failed to establish that the district
court erred, let alone plainly.
Finally, Booker argues that the special supervised release conditions listed in the district
court’s written judgment of conviction include greater restrictions on his phone usage than those
announced at sentencing. “[W]hen an oral sentence conflicts with the written sentence, the oral
sentence controls.” United States v. Denny, 653 F.3d 415, 421 (6th Cir. 2011) (alteration in
original) (quoting United States v. Penson, 526 F.3d 331, 334 (6th Cir. 2008)). The oral sentence
takes precedence because “a defendant is present only when being sentenced from the bench.
Because criminal punishment affects the most fundamental human rights sentencing should be
conducted with the judge and defendant facing one another and not in secret.” Id. (quoting
Penson, 526 F.3d at 334).
Even though Booker raised no objection to the written judgment below, this claim is not
subject to plain-error review; Booker could not have raised it during his sentencing hearing
before the written judgment had been issued. See United States v. Carpenter, 702 F.3d 882, 884
(6th Cir. 2012); United States v. Logins, 503 F. App’x 345, 348–49 (6th Cir. 2012); see also Fed.
R. Crim. P. 51(b) (providing that a party shall not be prejudiced by “the absence of an objection”
when the “party does not have an opportunity to object”). We review an alleged discrepancy
between oral and written sentences de novo. Carpenter, 702 F.3d at 884; Logins, 503 F. App’x
at 348–49.
Here, we find no discrepancy. At Booker’s sentencing hearing, the district court
described the disputed condition as follows:
[Booker] is not to possess a cell phone or other electronic device without the prior
permission of his probation officer. If he is given permission to have a cell phone
or other electronic device, the device must be in his name or a name approved in
advance by his probation officer, and he shall provide the bill for the device with
each monthly report.
The district court’s written judgment divided this condition into two provisions that are
somewhat more detailed:
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You must not possess or be the primary user of any cellular phone without prior
permission from the probation officer. If given permission to use/possess a cell
phone, you must provide the number to the probation officer and the phone must
be maintained in your name or another name approved in advance by the
probation officer.
You must provide the probation officer with your monthly cellular and home
telephone bills with each monthly report form and must report any cellular
telephone you have used or own on each report form.
The oral and written conditions “[b]oth convey the same message.” United States v. Lewis, 565
F. App’x 490, 498 (6th Cir. 2012). Booker was only to have phone access with his probation
officer’s permission and, if given permission, would be subject to certain forms of monitoring.
Nevertheless, Booker claims to spot four differences: “(1) in addition to not possessing a cell
phone (without prior approval), he must also not be the ‘primary user’ of a phone; (2) he must
provide the number to the probation officer; (3) he must provide home telephone bills; and (4) he
‘must report any cellular telephone [he has] used or own[s] on each report form.’” (Alterations
in original.) None of these purported distinctions is meaningful. Booker would need to
“possess” a cell phone to be its primary user. His phone number would presumably appear on
the bills he is required to submit to his probation officer. The district court’s oral pronouncement
covered any “cell phone or other electronic device,” including a home phone. (Emphasis
added.) The oral condition contemplated that Booker would need to make disclosures in his
“monthly report,” and the requirement that the report list any cell phone Booker owns or has
used merely formalizes the enforcement of this condition. This court and others have found no
discrepancy in written supervision conditions that use different language to impose substantially
identical requirements. See, e.g., United States v. Thomas, 830 F. App’x 420, 423–24 (5th Cir.
2020) (“[W]hen the pronouncement explicitly refers to the condition, despite wording it
differently[,] . . . no conflict results.”); United States v. Buchanan, 820 F. App’x 401, 405 (6th
Cir. 2020); United States v. Gaynor, 530 F. App’x 536, 542 (6th Cir. 2013); Lewis, 565 F. App’x
at 498.
Booker identifies two unpublished decisions where we found a written supervised release
condition to conflict with the conditions announced at sentencing. See United States v. Dean,
657 F. App’x 503, 507–08 (6th Cir. 2016); United States v. Hall, 669 F. App’x 297, 298 (6th Cir.
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2016) (per curiam). Neither case does him any good. In both, the government conceded that
plain error occurred, and we offered no further analysis. See Dean, 657 F. App’x at 508; Hall,
669 F. App’x at 298. Each case involved a written judgment that required the defendant to pay
treatment costs that the district court entirely failed to mention at sentencing. See Dean, 657 F.
App’x at 508; Hall, 669 F. App’x at 298; see also Hall’s Br. at 20, (No. 15-6202), 2016 WL
1084879, at *20 (explaining the discrepancy in Hall). But see Thomas, 830 F. App’x at 422–23
(upholding a requirement, stated for the first time in a written judgment, that the defendant bear
some costs of court-ordered treatment); United States v. Vega, 332 F.3d 849, 852 (5th Cir. 2003)
(per curiam) (same). By contrast, we find that the district court below did not impose any new
conditions in its written judgment.
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Outcome: We AFFIRM

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