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Sentencing Increase Was ‘Harmless Error’ (access required)

In sentencing defendant on child pornography charges, a district court incorrectly applied a “vulnerable victim” upward adjustment under USSG § 3A1.1(b)(1), based on a victim’s age-related cognitive development and psychological vulnerability, as these factors already were accounted for in an ...

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Qualified Immunity Upheld in Strip-Search Suit (access required)

Correctional officers at Baltimore Central Booking & Intake Center who conducted routine strip searches of arrestees have qualified immunity from the arrestees’ claims under 42 U.S.C. § 1983; the 4th Circuit says the specific security concerns and procedures for conducting ...

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