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Test Adopted for Actions with Foreign Terrorist Group (access required)

In assessing defendant Somali na­tionals’ fundraising and Internet chat activities with other Somali natives working with the identified Foreign Terrorist Organization al-Shabaab (AS), an Alexandria U.S. District Court adopts a multi-factor test and con­cludes the husband-and-wife defen­dants were sufficiently associated ...

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Sentencing Court Cites ‘Evolving Law’ on Marijuana (access required)

A Newport News U.S. District Court revokes a drug defendant’s supervised re­lease for multiple violations of his condi­tions, including DWI and marijuana pos­session; however, in light of the “evolving state of the laws criminalizing” marijua­na possession and DOJ guidelines on ...

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Va. Robbery Is ‘Violent Crime’ for Career Offender Status (access required)

A defendant who pleaded guilty to pos­session of cocaine base with intent to dis­tribute can be sentenced as a career offend­er under USSG § 4B1.1 because his prior Virginia conviction for robbery is a “crime of violence,” notwithstanding defendant’s argument ...

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