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‘Vulnerable Victim’ Enhancement Approved (access required)

A defendant who, from a Florida jail, appropriated a social security number and identity belonging to a disabled woman in Florida, has her sentence for social security fraud and aggravated identity theft increased under the sentencing guidelines’ “vulnerable victim” enhancement, ...

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Comments to Social Worker Not ‘Testimonial’ (access required)

Statements made by defendant’s eight-year-old stepson to a social worker about defendant’s abuse were nontestimonial and admission of the statements did not violate defendant’s Confrontation Clause rights under Crawford v. Washington; the 4th Circuit upholds defendant’s convictions of second-degree murder ...

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