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Court: No sentence enhancement despite defendant’s phony letter (access required)

Letter Handwriting Pen FEA

A judge who discovered that a letter of praise from the defen­dant’s Alcoholics Anonymous sponsor was bogus could not undo a lenient sentence for the defendant, who was convicted of stealing federal disability bene­fits. On April 12, an appeals court ...

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Gun Was ‘Brandished’ During Bank Robbery (access required)

The 4th Circuit affirms defendants’ convictions of conspiracy, armed bank robberies and brandishing firearms, re­jecting defendants’ claims that there was insufficient evidence to convict de­fendants of brandishing; the prosecution did not prove conspiracy against one defendant; and the federal offense ...

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