U.S. v. AYD No. 93-2228.
25 F.3d 624 (1994)
UNITED STATES of America, Appellee, v. Michael Gregory AYD, Appellant.
United States Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit.
Decided May 25, 1994.
Paul C. Engh, Minneapolis, MN, argued, for appellant.
Jeffrey S. Paulsen, Asst. U.S. Atty., Minneapolis, MN, argued, for appellee.
Before McMILLIAN, WOLLMAN, and MAGILL, Circuit Judges.
MAGILL, Circuit Judge.
Michael G. Ayd (Ayd) pleaded guilty to federal drug conspiracy charges and was sentenced to a 210-month term of imprisonment. Ayd appeals from the district court's
In May 1990, Ayd was arrested in possession of 3.9 kilograms of liquid fentanyl, a synthetic opiate. His arrest led to Ayd being imprisoned in Minnesota for violating his parole. Ayd expressed a willingness to provide information to the government in exchange for a plea offer relating to any charges that the government might bring for his fentanyl possession. He had great incentive to strike a plea bargain because he was facing a mandatory life sentence if convicted on a new drug offense. On November 13, 1990, the government sent a letter containing the ten-year offer to Ayd's attorneys (Minnesota counsel). The ten-year offer had four conditions that Ayd had to satisfy.
The November 13, 1990 letter containing the ten-year offer never reached Ayd. Around the time of the offer, Ayd had been transferred from a Minnesota prison to a Michigan prison to face charges in Michigan. Ayd's Minnesota counsel sent a package of materials, including the letter containing the ten-year offer, to Ayd's Michigan attorney with instructions to forward the package to Ayd. The Michigan attorney attempted to do so, but the package was returned because Ayd had again been transferred. The Michigan attorney apparently made no further attempts to send Ayd the package nor did he
In May 1992, Ayd and several others were indicted on federal drug conspiracy charges relating to fentanyl. Ayd entered into new plea negotiations with the government shortly before trial. Ayd and the government struck a plea agreement under which Ayd agreed to testify against a co-defendant in exchange for a twenty-year sentence. Moreover, the government amended the agreement and recommended a 188-month sentence in exchange for Ayd's testimony against a defendant in another case. See Dist.Ct.Doc. No. 109, at 2 (Apr. 21, 1993). Ayd, however, reserved his right to ask the district court to hold an evidentiary hearing on the circumstances surrounding the ten-year offer and to seek specific performance of that offer.
Ayd pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to manufacture fentanyl and was sentenced to 210-months imprisonment in April 1993. In October 1993, the district court held an evidentiary hearing relating to the ten-year offer. Ayd was represented at the hearing by one of the Minnesota counsel who he claimed had failed to communicate the ten-year offer to him before it was withdrawn. The parties agreed that Ayd did not timely receive the letter containing the ten-year offer. The district court found, however, that Ayd was never able to perform all of the conditions of the offer. It concluded that the government properly withdrew the offer and that there was no evidence that it did so in bad faith. Moreover, the court found that the government had not been unjustly enriched, because Ayd had conferred no benefit on the government before the new plea agreement. Thus, the court denied Ayd's motion to compel the government to reinstate the ten-year offer. Ayd timely appeals on issues relating to the ten-year offer.
Ayd argues that the district court erred in finding that the government properly withdrew the ten-year offer. We disagree. At the time it withdrew the offer, the government believed that Ayd was unable to perform the conditions that the offer enumerated. At the hearing, the district court found in fact that Ayd was never able to perform all of the conditions. We agree, particularly as to condition four: "The defendant must provide complete and truthful information sufficient to indict and convict a corrupt federal prosecutor previously identified in general terms by the defendant." Appellee's Add. at 1. Ayd does not even argue that the information he had was "sufficient to indict and convict a corrupt federal prosecutor." Rather, he asserts that his information about the prosecutor "would ... be of great interest to the [g]overnment under nearly any circumstance." Appellant's Br. at 22. Although this may be true, Ayd has not shown that he could perform condition four nor that the government acted in bad faith. Thus, we hold that the government properly withdrew the ten-year offer. See United States v. Woods,
Ayd next argues that his Minnesota counsel rendered him ineffective assistance of counsel because they never communicated the ten-year offer to him.
Ayd relies on the panel decision in United States v. Waterman,
Ayd next claims that he was rendered ineffective assistance of counsel at the evidentiary hearing relating to the circumstances surrounding the ten-year offer because his attorney had a conflict of interest. His attorney had a conflict, he asserts, because he was the same attorney who failed to send him the letter containing the ten-year plea offer. We need not reach the merits of this ineffective assistance claim, however, because we believe that Ayd waived his right to a conflict-free representation at the evidentiary hearing. As with other constitutional rights, criminal defendants may waive conflicts of interest that their attorneys may have. See Holloway v. Arkansas,
We do not see any basis for relief here. Ayd argues that he provided "partial performance" to the government. Appellant's Br. at 25. His "partial performance," however, related to the new plea agreement under which he testified against a co-defendant and a defendant in another trial in exchange for a substantial sentence reduction — a recommended 188-month sentence instead of mandatory life. Ayd assisted the government and was rewarded for doing so. That he eventually provided assistance to the government pursuant to a new plea agreement is not a basis for compelling the government to renew the ten-year offer, the terms of which he could not perform.
For the foregoing reasons, we affirm the judgment and order of the district court.
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