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Former delegate Hamilton indicted

A federal grand jury in Richmond indicted former state Del. Phillip A. Hamilton today on charges of bribery and extortion. Hamilton lost his seat in the House and on the powerful Appropriations Committee in 2009 after disclosures that he sought ...

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Criminal – Drug Conviction – Firearm ‘Use’ – Sentence Reduction (access required)

The 4th Circuit says the new rule in Watson v. U.S., – that a person does not “use” a firearm under 18 U.S.C. § 924(c)(1)(A) when he receives the gun in trade for drugs – applies retroactively to cases on ...

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Criminal – Firearm Possession – Misdemeanor Domestic Violence – Gun Rights (access required)

A man convicted of misdemeanor domestic violence for assaulting his adult daughter has his conviction for illegal firearm possession under 18 U.S.C. § 922(g)(9) vacated and remanded to the district court by the 4th Circuit, for consideration of whether § ...

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Criminal – False Pretenses – Forged Check – Refreshing Witness Recollection (access required)

At defendant’s trial for attempting to obtain money by false pretenses and uttering a forged check, the trial court did not err in allowing the commonwealth to refresh the recollection of a key witness without first laying a proper foundation, ...

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Criminal – Mail Fraud – Restitution – Court Findings (access required)

In ordering restitution in the amount of IRS refunds issued to defendant in his multi-million dollar fraudulent tax-return scheme, the district court failed to identify the statute under which it was ordering restitution, and the 4th Circuit vacates the restitution ...

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