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Convicted Blacksburg doctor largely denied post-trial relief (access required)

The court rejected virtually all of the post-trial motions filed by a doctor, finding there was sufficient evidence for the jury to convict him on nearly 70 counts of acquiring and possessing controlled substances by misrepresentation, fraud, forgery and deception. ...

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Despite exemplary record, inmate’s motion to vacate denied (access required)

Although an inmate had an exemplary record during his 22 years in prison, the court denied his motion to vacate his conviction because the government opposed it. Background On March 5, 1997, after a week-long jury trial, Marty Lorenzo Wright ...

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Age, circumstances of victims admissible in fraud case (access required)

In a case where the defendant is alleged to have defrauded elderly victims, the age and financial circumstances were admissible at trial to support the government’s theory that the scheme targeted unsophisticated investors. Background Raeann Gibson is charged with multiple ...

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Wife played no role in money laundering, verdicts overturned (access required)

Where the evidence was insufficient for the jury to find that a wife knew funds were proceeds from unlawful activity, the money laundering and conspiracy convictions against her cannot be sustained. Background Micro-Enterprise Management Group was created purportedly for the ...

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Evidence of possible robbery prep won’t support convictions (access required)

Evidence that showed only possible preparation for a robbery and not that a planned robbery was imminent is insufficient to sustain a conviction for attempted robbery and the related conviction for use of firearm. Background At about 5:45 a.m. on ...

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Excluded witnesses’ testimony not material (access required)

Although testimony of a scientist who found the synthetic cannabinoids in the spices made by defendants were not analogous to controlled substances would have been favorable to the defendants, his testimony was cumulative and would not have had a “reasonable ...

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