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Defective order prompts dismissal of immigration charges (access required)

A Honduran man had his illegal reentry charge dismissed after a judge found that material defects in a 2002 order requiring him to appear for an immigration hearing were sufficient for him to successfully challenge his deportation order. Background Ramos-Delcid ...

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Defense counsel disqualified for potential conflict (access required)

In granting a motion to disqualify, the court found defense counsel’s representation of a government witness in an unrelated investigation presented a serious potential conflict in a tax fraud and money laundering case because the attorney might have obtained information ...

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Challenge to sentence not moot, error was harmless (access required)

The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals joined eight other circuits in holding that, where a sentence includes both custodial and a supervised release portions, a challenge to the sentence is not moot even though a defendant has completed the ...

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Eyewitness testimony, fingerprints supported convictions (access required)

Where the commonwealth provided eyewitness testimony and fingerprints as evidence, the defendant’s convictions for burglary, conspiracy and larceny were affirmed. Background Cobb testified that, while she was walking home from school, she saw a man carrying a “box full of ...

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