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Catch-all limitations period inapplicable to civil commitment (access required)

The court of appeals held that the federal four-year “catch-all” statute of limitations for civil actions does not apply to civil-commitment proceedings under the Adam Walsh Act. In 2015, while Plaintiff/Appellant Edgar Searcy was in federal prison for using interstate ...

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Jury instruction on sex-trafficking “fraud” upheld (access required)

The court of appeals upheld Appellant Michael Maynes Jr.’s convictions for sex trafficking, holding that the trial court properly instructed the jury on the definition of “fraud” and also excluded evidence of the victims’ past engagement in commercial sex. A ...

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“Safety-valve” compliance attempted too late (access required)

Appellant Terrance Kevin Hall, a convicted cocaine dealer attempting to invoke Virginia’s “safety-valve provision” to evade mandatory-minimum sentencing, did not timely provide information required to do so, the court ruled. Hall was convicted of three counts of distribution of cocaine ...

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