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Arson defendant’s statement is admissible (access required)

The totality of the evidence established that an arsonist’s inculpatory statements were knowingly and voluntarily made. Background A jury convicted Nicholas Secret of arson of an occupied dwelling and nine counts of attempted first-degree murder. On appeal, Secret contends the ...

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Failure to ask lawyer to appeal dooms effort to vacate sentence (access required)

A defendant who did not instruct his attorney to bring an appeal cannot later claim the attorney rendered ineffective assistance of counsel for not appealing his sentence. Background Petitioner was indicted in a 16-count indictment on Oct. 15, 2015. On ...

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