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Monthly Archives: August 2012

Parties Settled, But Can’t Seal Record (access required)

An Alexandria U.S. District Court rejects the parties’ joint motion to seal the record after settlement of their case involving possible disciplinary action against plaintiff by a professional membership organization; the parties assert no significant interest that outweighs the public’s ...

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‘Anonymous’ Jury Use Approved in Murder Trial (access required)

Using an ‘anonymous’ jury whose biographical information has been withheld from defense lawyers and defendants accused of drug-trafficking and murder of government witnesses is not a reason to overturn their convictions; the 4th Circuit follows decisions by its sister circuits ...

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Deportation After ‘Material Support’ for Guerrillas (access required)

An El Salvadoran native loses his request for review of the Board of Immigrations Appeals’ final order saying he was ineligible for a “special removal” cancellation of deportation under the Nicaraguan and Central American Relief Act of 1997; the 4th ...

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Officer’s Speed Estimate Supported Traffic Stop (access required)

The 4th Circuit upholds a traffic stop based on two officers’ separate visual estimates of defendant’s speed, as the officers’ radar certification training required them to visually estimate vehicle speed within a narrow margin of error; the subsequent open-air search ...

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