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Habeas Court Says Lawyer’s Performance Not Deficient (access required)

A defendant convicted of felony murder and sentenced to 70 years in prison has failed to state claims for constitutionally deficient performance of his trial counsel under the standard of Strickland v. Washington, and the Hanover County Circuit Court grants ...

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Witness-Tampering Instruction Was ‘Harmless Error’ (access required)

Although a jury instruction at defendant’s trial for witness tampering misstated the federal nexus required for the offense, under a 2011 U.S. Supreme Court decision that came down after defendant’s conviction became final, the jury instruction was “harmless error” and ...

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