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Defendant Objected to Drug Stipulation, Gets New Trial (access required)

Admission of a defense lawyer’s stipulation to drug testing and heroin quantity, that defendant refused to sign, violated defendant’s Sixth Amendment confrontation right, and the 4th Circuit vacates his drug conviction and orders a new trial. A jury convicted Randolph ...

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Manslaughter Conviction Does Not Count for ‘Career Offender’ (access required)

A North Carolina involuntary manslaughter conviction did not count toward “career offender” status under federal sentencing guidelines, and the 4th Circuit vacates a drug defendant’s enhanced sentence and remands for resentencing. After a jury convicted John Peterson on six counts ...

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