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Defense Contractor’s Extradition Challenge Rejected (access required)

The 4th Circuit affirms wire fraud, conspiracy and money laundering convictions for a defendant extradited from Mexico, who set up serial businesses to win government contracts to supply defective and nonconforming spare parts for use in U.S. military aircraft, vehicles ...

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Forfeiture Procedure Upheld for Chinese Coins (access required)

The 4th Circuit rejects appellant coin importer’s challenge to the government’s seizure of coins, based on restrictions on Chinese and Cypriot cultural property under the Convention on Cultural Property Implementation Act, 19 U.S.C. §§ 2601-2613; Congress already has prescribed civil ...

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No First Amendment Claim for Guard Grievances (access required)

Two Virginia correctional officers cannot sue for alleged unlawful firing for exercise of their First Amendment free-speech rights; the 4th Circuit says complaints about an employee’s own duties pursued through an internal grievance procedure do not relate to a matter ...

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Church-Service Robbery Justified Religious Comments (access required)

Although the trial judge at defendants’ trial for armed robbery of Sunday worship services at a North Carolina church made references to religion, those references did not violate defendants’ right to due process, as defendants’ choice to target a church ...

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‘Vulnerable Victim’ Enhancement Approved (access required)

A defendant who, from a Florida jail, appropriated a social security number and identity belonging to a disabled woman in Florida, has her sentence for social security fraud and aggravated identity theft increased under the sentencing guidelines’ “vulnerable victim” enhancement, ...

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