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No Habeas Relief for Change in Law (access required)

A defendant serving a mandatory life sentence for a drug-trafficking conspiracy that began when he was a juvenile cannot use a 2012 U.S. Supreme Court conviction to file a new motion for post-conviction relief, as this claim first became available in 2010, and he has waited too late, the 4th Circuit says. Petitioner’s 1997 conspiracy conviction ...

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