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Eyewitness testimony, fingerprints supported convictions (access required)

Where the commonwealth provided eyewitness testimony and fingerprints as evidence, the defendant’s convictions for burglary, conspiracy and larceny were affirmed. Background Cobb testified that, while she was walking home from school, she saw a man carrying a “box full of ...

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Parts of victim’s record excluded, were cumulative (access required)

Noting that excluded portions of a victim’s criminal record did not establish violent behavior and were cumulative of additional evidence, the court rejected claims by a defendant convicted of voluntary manslaughter that the exclusions would have supported his argument that ...

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Only two meetings with lawyer not enough to show ineffectiveness (access required)

Where an inmate claimed he was denied effective counsel because his lawyer met with him only twice, the court rejects the habeas writ  because there is no minimum number of meetings required of to provide effective representation. Other claims had ...

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Joint request by feds, defendant to reduce term granted (access required)

Where the government and defendant jointly request that the defendant’s 132-month prison term was eligible for reduction to 102 months under the 2018 U.S. Supreme Court decision Hughes v. United States, the request is granted. Background Defendant was previously charged ...

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