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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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Criminal – Habeas – ‘Actual Innocence’ – Child Sexual Abuse (access required)

An affidavit from an alleged victim of child sexual abuse crimes for which petitioner is serving a 51-year sentence, which purportedly states that petitioner did not “force” the minor to engage in sexual acts, does not support petitioner’s post-conviction motion ...

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Criminal – Habeas Corpus – Murder Conviction – Untimely Petition (access required)

A defendant who pleaded guilty to rape and murder has his habeas corpus petition dismissed by a Norfolk Circuit Court as filed eight years too late. The final order was entered May 13, 1999. The Court of Appeals affirmed the ...

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Supreme Court sets November argument docket (access required)

The Supreme Court of Virginia will hear arguments on Nov. 1 on whether trial courts in Norfolk and Alexandria properly used extraordinary writs to provide relief for immigrants who otherwise would have been deported because of misdemeanor convictions. Each defendant ...

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Criminal defense lawyers want to open up discovery (access required)

Discovery in criminal cases is a hot issue. In some localities, defense lawyers complain of secretive police policies and uncooperative prosecutors. In other jurisdictions, however, commonwealth’s attorneys announce “open file” policies, and defense lawyers generally agree those procedures work well. ...

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Fairfax prosecutor, defense lawyer offer view of murder case, midtrial (access required)

IRVINGTON–When Fairfax Commonwealth’s Attorney Ray Morrogh and criminal defense lawyer Peter Greenspun sat at a table before members of the Fairfax Bar Association, some may have wondered whether moderator Doug Kay could keep the two from tangling. The prosecutor and ...

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