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Virginia wounding and murder are crimes of violence (access required)

Where unlawful wounding proscribed by Virginia Code § 18.2-51 meets the criteria for a crime of violence, and where Virginia murder’s requirement of extreme recklessness satisfies the mens rea of a “crime of violence,” the defendant’s contrary arguments were rejected. Background The issue is whether offenses under 18 U.S.C. § 1959 (violent crimes in aid of racketeering ...