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No Second Amendment Right for ‘Non-Violent’ Offender (access required)

Defendant, formerly a licensed firearms dealer and collector of weapons and military memorabilia, can be convicted as a felon in possession of weapons and ammunition, despite his claim that his prior convictions were for non-violent offenses; the 4th Circuit joins ...

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No ‘Impossibility’ Defense for ‘Stash House Sting’ (access required)

Although police fabricated the existence of a drug cartel’s stash house containing cocaine, which defendant coconspirators planned to rob, defendant cannot use an “impossibility” defense against a conspiracy charge, and the 4th Circuit affirms defendants’ convictions on conspiracy and firearms ...

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Former cop admits planning burglary to get drugs

The former chief of the Pennington Gap police department acknowledged in a plea deal Monday that he orchestrated a September break-in at a town drug store to get pain killer pills. William B. Young, 39, faces up to 40 years ...

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Thought for the New Year: ‘Not your father’s legal marketplace’ (access required)

“This is not your father’s Oldsmobile.” You may recall that famous advertising slogan from the 1980s. One could use a similar phrase when describing today’s legal marketplace. Changes in billing methods, improvements in technology, a turbulent economy and the globalization ...

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