Nos. 08-2512, 08-2443, 08-4055.

622 F.3d 784 (2010)

UNITED STATES of America, Plaintiff-Appellant/Cross-Appellee, v. Bernard ELLIS, Defendant-Appellee/Cross-Appellant. United States of America, Plaintiff-Appellee, v. Bernard Ellis, Defendant-Appellant.

United States Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit.

Decided September 17, 2010.

As Amended September 27, 2010.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

ADebra Riggs Bonamici (argued), Attorney, Office of the United States Attorney, Chicago, IL, for Plaintiff-Appellant/Cross-Appellee in Nos. 08-2512, 08-2443.

Patrick W. Blegen (argued), Attorney, Blegen & Garvey, Chicago, IL, for Defendant-Appellee/Cross-Appellant in Nos. 08-2512 and 08-2443.

Donald J. Schmid (argued), Attorney, Office of the United States Attorney, South Bend, IN, for Plaintiff-Appellee in No. 08-4055.

David A. Wemhoff (argued), Attorney, Law Offices of David A. Wemhoff, South Bend, IN, for Defendant-Appellant in No. 08-4055.

Before EASTERBROOK, Chief Judge, and ROVNER and SYKES, Circuit Judges.

SYKES, Circuit Judge.

Bernard Ellis was the chief enforcer for a notorious Chicago street gang. He was also a felon, so to arm himself and the members of his gang, Ellis would travel to Indiana and enlist others to buy firearms for him there. This illegal activity drew the attention of two separate United States Attorneys who took turns prosecuting him. In the Northern District of Illinois, Ellis was charged with and pleaded guilty to two counts of possession of a...


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