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Criminal – Drug Possession – Valid Prescription – Element Of Offense (access required)

The Court of Appeals rejects defendant’s claim that the Virginia statute articulating an exception to the statute that prohibits possession of a prescription controlled drug without a valid prescription violates defendant’s due process rights by shifting the commonwealth’s burden to ...

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Criminal – Discovery – Subpoena – City Police Records (access required)

An Alexandria U.S. District Court quashes defendant’s subpoena duces tecum to the supervisor of records for the Manassas City Police Department for records relating to a Prince William County police case record. There is no general constitutional right of discovery ...

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Criminal – Discovery Sanctions – Delayed Production (access required)

Although the government continued to provide recordings of interviews and 850 pages of discovery from the city after the government had offered assurances that it had produced all relevant documents required under the court’s discovery order, an Alexandria U.S. District ...

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Criminal – Passport Fraud – Identity Theft – Conspiracy (access required)

A defendant who changed his son’s name and obtained a variety of identification documents and then applied for a passport in that name, can be convicted of conspiracy to commit identification document fraud and aggravated identity theft, says the 4th ...

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Criminal – Sentencing – Firearm Charge – Felony Escape – Violent Crime (access required)

The 4th Circuit vacates a defendant’s sentence on a firearm charge because, when calculating the advisory sentencing range under the guidelines, the district court erred by counting defendant’s conviction for felony escape under Georgia law as a crime of violence ...

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Bail jumpers and bounty hunters

A bail bondsman’s encounter with a man at a funeral must have looked a little like an episode of “Dog the Bounty Hunter.” Clifton L. Collins came up from North Carolina to Mecklenburg County because he heard a man he ...

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