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Petitioner Shows ‘Good Cause’ for Depositions (access required)

In this capital habeas case, a Roanoke U.S. District Court denies petitioner’s second motion seeking leave to conduct discovery prior to holding an evidentiary hearing to determine the reliability of any new evidence proffered to show petitioner’s actual innocence. Earlier, ...

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Ammunition Conviction Sticks, But Not ACCA Sentence (access required)

Although defendant said the ammunition in his antique gun did not support his conviction as a felon illegally possessing ammunition, he presented no evidence to support his affirmative defense; however, the 4th Circuit vacates his sentence because his Maryland conviction ...

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