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Statement was only evidence, conviction vacated (access required)

A recent Fourth Circuit decision holds that there must be independent evidence beyond the defendant’s statement, establishing his guilt. Because the only evidence here was the defendant’s own statement in connection with acquisition of a firearm, even though that statement was found to be trustworthy, his convictions were vacated. Background This matter comes before the court on ...