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Court Rejects ‘Drug Trafficking’ Enhancement (access required)

A defendant convicted of illegal reentry into the U.S. after removal for conviction of an aggravated felony will not be subjected to a 16-level enhancement under the federal sentencing guidelines for a “drug trafficking offense”; the Alexandria U.S. District Court ...

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No Convictions for ‘Merged’ Money Laundering (access required)

A defendant who bought and “flipped” properties in an extensive mortgage fraud scheme cannot overturn his fraud and conspiracy convictions with challenges to the district court’s evidentiary and loss calculation rulings, but the 4th Circuit reverses multiple money laundering convictions ...

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‘Outlaws’ Can’t Challenge Forfeitures (access required)

A Richmond U.S. District Court grants the government’s motion to strike petitions filed by non-defendant third parties to challenge numerous forfeiture orders in the criminal prosecution of 27 members and affiliates of the American Outlaws Association and Outlaws Motorcycle Club ...

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