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Request for Counsel ‘Unequivocal,’ But Still ‘Ambiguous’ (access required)

On rehearing en banc, the Court of Appeals upholds a trial court’s conclusion that defendant’s statement, “That’s what I want, a lawyer,” was not a request for counsel that should have been honored by police, because the circumstances surrounding the ...

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Former prosecutor says that the feds set him up (access required)

A Winchester lawyer and former prosecutor accused of drug use and evidence tampering has taken the offensive in his case, claiming he is a victim of prosecutorial misconduct. Paul H. Thomson has asked a judge to dismiss the indictment and ...

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Embassy Employee’s Embezzlement Can Be Prosecuted in U.S. (access required)

An Alexandria U.S. District Court says a Jordanian who worked for the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, as a shipping and customs supervisor responsible for facilitating shipments of personal property of embassy personnel in and out of Iraq, can be prosecuted ...

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Beachcomber’s conviction of ‘unauthorized removal’ reversed (access required)

A Norfolk U.S. District Court reverses a criminal conviction for “unauthorized removal” of personal property, for a woman who cut a length of rope from a beached fishing vessel at Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge, and took a floating life preserver ...

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‘Mid-Level’ Drug Dealer’s Sentence Reversed (access required)

A mid-level drug dealer who did not supervise others should not have received a three-level enhancement for a “leadership” role under USSG § 3B1.1(b); the enhancement constitutes plain error and the 4th Circuit vacates defendant’s 365-month sentence and remands for ...

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