Circuit Split Elsewhere Precludes Finding of Plain Error, As Does A Lack of Binding Precedent in the Circuit

United States v. Abrams, 2020 U.S. App. LEXIS 14090 (6th Cir. May 1, 2020):

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We cannot declare an error to be "plain" "unless the error is clear under current law." United States v. Olano, 507 U.S. 725, 734, 113 S. Ct. 1770, 123 L. Ed. 2d 508 (1993). "In our circuit, 'a lack of binding caselaw that answers the question presented will preclude our finding of plain error.'" United States v. Hill, 769 F. App'x 352, 355 (6th Cir. 2019) (quoting United States v. Al-Maliki, 787 F.3d 784, 794 (6th Cir. 2015)) (alterations adopted). A circuit split in the other circuits also "precludes a finding of plain error[.]" Al-Maliki, 787 F.3d at 794 (citation omitted).

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