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No ‘Fatal Variance’ in Murder-for-Hire Trial (access required)

A former bank executive and his administrative assistant/girlfriend lose their challenge to their convictions in a murder-for-hire plot targeting the executive’s wife, who he was divorcing; the 4th Circuit rejects appellants’ claims that the trial judge’s jury instructions created a “fatal variance” from the indictment. Appellants first contend their Fifth Amendment right to indictment by a ...

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