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Court Applies ‘Customary’ Sea Limit in Piracy Case (access required)

In this prosecution of Somali defendants for piracy and related crimes, a Norfolk U.S. District Court finds that a limit of 12 nautical miles describes the territorial sea limit under customary international law; although the U.S. has not signed a ...

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Hearing Ordered on ‘Actual Innocence’ Claim (access required)

A Roanoke U.S. District Court orders an evidentiary hearing on the question of whether petitioner has made a gateway showing of actual innocence sufficient to excuse the procedural default of certain constitutional claims in the murder-for-hire of petitioner’s girlfriend. The ...

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DWI Prosecution Barred After Reckless Conviction (access required)

A defendant’s general district court conviction of reckless driving bars his felony prosecution for DWI, fourth offense, arising from the same single-car accident, and the Court of Appeals reverses defendant’s conviction on a conditional guilty plea. The circuit court denied ...

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