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Counsel Not ‘Ineffective’ at Sentencing (access required)

A Newport News U.S. District Court denies petitioner’s motion claiming his trial counsel was constitutionally ineffective when counsel failed to object to a sentencing enhancement based on petitioner’s prior convictions for unlawful wounding and a drug conviction pursuant to an ...

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Query About ‘Lying’ Was Harmless Error (access required)

At defendant’s trial for sexual battery of his niece, any error was harmless when the trial court allowed the commonwealth to impeach defendant’s credibility by asking if one of his prior felony convictions, which included a conviction for subornation of ...

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No Habeas Relief for Double Jeopardy Claim (access required)

A Roanoke City Circuit Court dismisses this petition for a writ of habeas corpus alleging claims of ineffective assistance of counsel related to petitioner’s pleas of nolo contendere to felonious child abuse and neglect and second degree felony murder. Petitioner ...

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