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No Habeas Relief for Double Jeopardy Claim (access required)

A Roanoke City Circuit Court dismisses this petition for a writ of habeas corpus alleging claims of ineffective assistance of counsel related to petitioner’s pleas of nolo contendere to felonious child abuse and neglect and second degree felony murder. Petitioner ...

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No Ineffective Assistance for ‘Racial Selection’ Omission (access required)

A split 4th Circuit panel denies post-conviction relief to a convicted drug dealer, who is African-American, on his claim that his trial counsel was constitutionally ineffective in failing to develop a claim that his traffic stop based on window tint ...

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Court Rejects Wire Fraud Sentence Calculation (access required)

The Norfolk U.S. District Court sustains defendant’s objections to the government’s loss calculation and enhancement for a “special skill” in sentencing defendant on convictions of wire fraud, financial institution fraud and use of a false social security number, but overrules ...

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Judges clash on race factors in traffic stop case (access required)


A case once cited as evidence of Mexican drug cartels fueling U.S. drug trafficking is now provoking conflicting views among appellate judges about racial factors involved in police traffic stops. Three federal appeals court judges split in analyzing the possibility ...

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