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Elderly prisoner released early because of COVID-19 concerns (access required)

Where a bank robber suffered from serious health conditions that would render him virtually defenseless if he were to become infected with COVID-19, including chronic liver disease and a history of severe cardiac issues, he was excused from compliance with the ...

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Defendant’s knowledge of prior crimes supports current conviction (access required)

Although the defendant argued he did not know his prior domestic violence convictions were labeled under federal law as “misdemeanor crimes of domestic violence,” that is not the law. His general knowledge was sufficient to support his conviction for possession ...

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Emergency aid exception justified entry without warrant (access required)

Where police had an objectively reasonable basis to believe appellant was attempting suicide, their entry without a warrant into his apartment was justified under the Fourth Amendment’s emergency aid exception, as was a “cursory sweep” of the apartment, which revealed ...

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