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Sex Offender Barred from Neighborhood (access required)

The Court of Appeals affirms defendant’s bench trial conviction for aggravated sexual battery and suspended sentence barring him from victim’s neighborhood where his parent lives; defendant’s first counsel made no competency objection and his second counsel’s post-sentencing objections lack merit: ...

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Altering Gun Serial Number Not ‘Continuing Offense’ (access required)

On rehearing en banc, the Court of Appeals says all evidence indicated the firearm defendant possessed already had its serial number altered when he carried it into Brunswick County, and the court reverses defendant’s conviction for altering the firearm serial ...

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Park Cruising Not ‘Disorderly Conduct’ (access required)

The 4th Circuit reverses defendant’s conviction for “disorderly conduct” under federal regulations governing the Blue Ridge Parkway, based on defendant’s “obscene” conduct of touching an undercover park ranger’s fully-clothed crotch after the ranger initiated a sexually suggestive conversation with defendant ...

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