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Cohabiting couple can’t partition home

Kathryn Steenburgh and Glen Weaver bought a house together in 2000. Steenburgh made a down payment of $42,000, and Weaver paid the mortgage and casualty insurance. The couple had a child together. But 10 years later, the thrill was gone. ...

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Criminal – Cocaine Conspiracy – Post-Conviction Relief – Ineffective Assistance – Informant Instruction (access required)

At defendant’s trial for cocaine distribution, defendant’s lawyer was constitutionally ineffective in failing to request an informant instruction, and the 4th Circuit vacates defendant’s conviction and sentence. Defendant argues this court should follow several circuits in holding that jury instruction ...

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