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Mother’s conviction in son’s drowning death reversed (access required)

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A divided panel of the Court of Ap­peals of Virginia has reversed the felony child neglect conviction of a Pulaski County mother whose 5-year-old son died in a septic tank accident. The 2-1 ruling holds that prosecutors failed to show ...

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Violent Felony Definition Enumerated, Not Vague, in this Case (access required)

A Roanoke U.S. District Court grants the United States’ motion to dismiss defendant’s 28 U.S.C. § 2255 motion, contending that her sentence under the Armed Career Criminal Act was invalid post Johnson v. United States. In Johnson, decided in 2015, ...

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Trucker Hits Bicyclist, Changes Critical Fact at Trial (access required)

In this case of involuntary manslaughter resulting from a truck driving over a bicyclist at 10:56 p.m. on a four-lane-highway, the defendant truck driver’s testimony changed over the course of events. The Court of Appeals affirmed appellant’s conviction for involuntary ...

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Witness Never Identified Defendant (access required)

A three-judge panel of the Court of Appeals, granted a petition for appeal for a defendant charged with robbery, attempted carjacking, and conspiracy to commit carjacking, it found that the trial court erred in denying defendant’s motion to strike all ...

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ACCA Vagueness, VICAR Violations and Defining Violent Crimes (access required)

Alleged members of the Mad Stone Bloods gang request that a Roanoke U.S. District Court dismiss the counts in the superseding indictment charging them with the use and discharge of firearms during crimes of violence, in violation of 18 U.S.C. ...

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