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‘Cold Hit’ DNA Search Upheld for Good Faith (access required)

Police did not violate defendant’s rights when they collected his bloodstained clothing from a hospital four years earlier during investigation of defendant as a gunshot victim and his arrest on marijuana charges, but subsequent testing of the bloodstain for defendant’s ...

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‘Anonymous’ Jury Use Approved in Murder Trial (access required)

Using an ‘anonymous’ jury whose biographical information has been withheld from defense lawyers and defendants accused of drug-trafficking and murder of government witnesses is not a reason to overturn their convictions; the 4th Circuit follows decisions by its sister circuits ...

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Deportation After ‘Material Support’ for Guerrillas (access required)

An El Salvadoran native loses his request for review of the Board of Immigrations Appeals’ final order saying he was ineligible for a “special removal” cancellation of deportation under the Nicaraguan and Central American Relief Act of 1997; the 4th ...

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Officer’s Speed Estimate Supported Traffic Stop (access required)

The 4th Circuit upholds a traffic stop based on two officers’ separate visual estimates of defendant’s speed, as the officers’ radar certification training required them to visually estimate vehicle speed within a narrow margin of error; the subsequent open-air search ...

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