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Court Erred in Applying ‘Excessive Fines’ Clause to Forfeiture (access required)

The 4th Circuit affirms the judgment that an Ethiopian citizen engaged in illegal currency structuring through his deposits into two different banks in Fairfax, Va., but the appellate court says the district court erred in reducing the corresponding civil forfeiture ...

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Sex Crimes Evidence Sufficient Assuming Claim Preserved (access required)

Defendant is not entitled have his bench trial convictions for rape, forcible sodomy and abduction with intent to defile reversed for insufficiency of evidence; witness credibility is a determination for the trier of fact even assuming defendant’s closing arguments preserved ...

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Broken High-Mount Brake Light Supports Traffic Stop (access required)

The Court of Appeals majority reverses the trial court order suppressing evidence from a traffic stop because defendant’s broken high-mount brake light gave police reasonable suspicion defendant was operating his vehicle in violation of Va. Code § 46.2-1003 prohibiting defective ...

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