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Firearm conviction vacated because of ‘Brady’ violation  (access required)

Where the government failed to turn over potentially exculpatory evidence of a recorded interview that was material to the defendant’s conviction for possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, that conviction was vacated. Where the interview ...

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Evidence properly admitted at internet sex crimes trial (access required)

Appellant’s motion to suppress his sexually explicit internet chats with a police officer, who was posing as a 13-year-old girl, was correctly denied. The electronic communications were not obtained in violation of the wiretap act. Further, appellant was not in ...

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Ex-UVA student gets evidentiary hearing in habeas appeal (access required)

A former University of Virginia lacrosse player convicted of murdering his ex-girlfriend in 2012 was granted an evidentiary hearing on whether the jury was improperly given a dictionary during deliberations to resolve confusion over the meaning of “malice.” Although the ...

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