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Court Upholds Firearm Dealer License Requirement (access required)

The 4th Circuit affirms a refusal to dismiss an indictment charging de­fendant with violating 18 U.S.C. § 922 for unlicensed dealing in firearms and conspiracy to deal firearms without a license; the prohibition against unli­censed firearm dealing comports with the ...

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N.C. Sex Offender Restrictions Struck (access required)

The 4th Circuit affirms a decision striking for vagueness a North Carolina statute’s language prohibiting certain convicted sex offenders from proximi­ty to “places where minors gather” and reference to “regularly scheduled” activ­ities for minors, and striking a separate provision that ...

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No Relief for ‘Gravely Unjust’ ACCA Sentence (access required)

Although the Charlottesville U.S. Dis­trict Court is troubled by defendant’s 2005 sentencing under the Armed Career Criminal Act, based on prior “violent fel­ony” convictions from over 45 years ago, the court cannot grant relief from defen­dant’s mandatory 15-year sentence for ...

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Death Sentence Overturned for Racist Remarks (access required)

The 4th Circuit affirms a grant of ha­beas relief overturning a death sentence imposed on an African-American man convicted of murder, because the sentenc­ing proceeding before an all-white South Carolina jury “was suffused with racially coded references to a degree ...

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