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Plea Offer Disclosure Complaint Fails (access required)

After an evidentiary hearing, the Norfolk U.S. District Court concludes that petitioner’s former  lawyer, a highly experienced federal public defender, provided the more credible account of having explained all relevant options to petitioner, including the option of pleading guilty early ...

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Expert ‘Side-Switching’ on Insanity Allowed (access required)

The “side-switching” doctrine does not bar a court-appointed psychologist who initially said defendant was insane at the time he abducted his family at gunpoint, from revising her findings and later testifying for the prosecution; the Court of Appeals affirms defendant’s ...

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Defense Lawyer Not ‘Ineffective’ in Plea Deal (access required)

A defendant whose lawyer was discussing a “global resolution” of state child molestation charges and federal child pornography charges may not claim ineffective assistance in his defense lawyer’s resolution of the state charges; the Richmond U.S. District Court says defendant’s ...

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