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No speedy trial violation despite six-year delay between charge and plea (access required)

A defendant charged with federal illegal reentry from Mexico pleaded guilty to a crime committed during his prior presence in the U.S. The guilty plea waived his right to assert that a six-year delay between the charge and his plea ...

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U.S. can’t offer rebuttal after waiving initial closing argument (access required)

Where the government opted to not make an initial closing argument, it should not have been allowed to make a rebuttal closing argument after the defendant’s closing. But because the defendant did not show he was prejudiced by the altered ...

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Defendant not excused from community service requirement (access required)

Although the court has the discretion to dismiss defendant’s case even though he has not completed the required 100 hours of community service, the court will instead extend the time for completing community service by six months. Background Defendant was ...

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Ban on viewing sexually arousing materials is part of treatment plan (access required)

A condition of supervised release that requires a total ban on defendant’s viewing of any materials that sexually arouse him, including mainstream media like movies or advertisements, did not run afoul of 18 U.S.C. § 3583(d) because it was meant ...

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