Two things are surprising about this case. I'll mention them very briefly. Without elaboration.
First, it's a cocaine sentencing modification case, and the AUSA who argued the case in the Ninth Circuit (Wendy Wu) is with the Cyber & Intellectual Property Crimes section of the U.S. Attorney's Office. Huh?
Second, the Ninth Circuit somewhat slams the district court judge for being lazy and overly dismissive, and reverses and remands on that basis. The district court judge is Judge Dean Pregerson.
I'll stop there.