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Criminal – Murder – Acting In Concert – Jury Instruction (access required)

At defendant’s trial for first-degree murder and use of a firearm arising from a high-school graduation party in Newport News, the trial court did not err in refusing to give defendant’s proposed jury instruction defining concert of action, the Court ...

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Criminal – Drug Possession – Sentence – Knowing Possession (access required)

The Court of Appeals affirms defendant’s conviction of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, even though he did not knowingly possession cocaine. The record contains evidence of acts, statements and conduct that show defendant had knowledge of the presence ...

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Criminal – Murder – Juror Strike – Attorney Disqualification (access required)

The Court of Appeals says that at defendant’s murder trial, the trial court did not err in refusing to strike the entire commonwealth’s attorney office from prosecuting defendant, on the ground it had a conflict of interest arising from one ...

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Criminal – Intimidation & Threats – Internet Threats (access required)

A Roanoke U.S. District Court upholds a defendant’s convictions for making threatening statements to two persons in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 875(c), and intimidating African-American tenants with intent to influence testimony in an official proceeding, in violation of 18 ...

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Criminal – Habeas – Ineffective Assistance – Lawyer Judgment (access required)

An Abingdon U.S. District Court dismisses a defendant’s § 2255 motion to set aside his conviction for drug trafficking and firearms offenses, based on trial counsel’s alleged ineffective assistance of counsel in failing to call certain witnesses at trial. I ...

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Criminal – Corporate Defendant – Money Laundering Conspiracy – Guilty Plea (access required)

A Harrisonburg U.S. District Court rejects a corporate defendant’s challenge to its guilty plea to conspiracy to commit money laundering, which defendant says was not knowing and voluntary because of pressure the government placed on the company president; the court ...

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