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No ‘Fatal Variance’ in Murder-for-Hire Trial (access required)

A former bank executive and his administrative assistant/girlfriend lose their challenge to their convictions in a murder-for-hire plot targeting the executive’s wife, who he was divorcing; the 4th Circuit rejects appellants’ claims that the trial judge’s jury instructions created a ...

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Resentencing Ordered for ‘Mandatory’ Guideline Error (access required)

In defendant investment broker’s trial for defrauding clients out of millions of dollars with excessive valuations of stock in EPV Solar Inc., a privately held solar energy company, the district court’s repeated interruptions of counsel and interrogation of both defense ...

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