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Evidence sufficient to support perjury convictions (access required)

The court of appeals upheld two perjury convictions arising from the defendant’s prior testimony explaining why he did not appear in court as required, finding that his acquittal for failure to appear did not preclude perjury charges. On February 6, ...

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Fee, cost obligations defeat mootness dismissal (access required)

The sole question presented is whether the court of appeals erred in dismissing Appellant Dorothy Elizabeth Cilwa’s appeal from a judgment in the circuit court. After a long history of larceny arrests, substance-abuse counseling, and probation extensions, Cilwa’s probation officer ...

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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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