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Habeas granted because of prosecutor’s improper closing arguments (access required)

Where the prosecutor’s improper statements during closing arguments on charges of sexual assault, including asking the jury to convict the defendant based on the prospective sins of others, the remarks so prejudiced the defendant’s substantial rights that he was denied ...

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ERISA doesn’t bar garnishment of 401(k) to satisfy restitution order (access required)

The court joined two other circuits in holding that the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, or ERISA, doesn’t prevent the government from garnishing the retirement assets of a defendant in order to satisfy a criminal restitution order under ...

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New hearing ordered because of attorney’s conflict-of-interest (access required)

Where an attorney argued during a plea withdraw hearing against his client’s motion to withdraw his guilty plea, that conflict of interest warrants a new hearing with conflict-free counsel. Background Tekoa Glover raises two independent claims for relief from his ...

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Court erred by finding speedy trial violation (access required)

The trial court erred by weighing a COVID-19 delay significantly in defendant’s favor when dismissing the charges against him on constitutional speedy trial grounds. Length of delay “The Commonwealth contends that the circuit court’s constitutional speedy trial analysis was erroneous ...

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