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Lawyers disqualified over conflict with potential co-conspirator (access required)

Two defense attorneys for a man charged in a multi-count drug, money laundering and racketeering conspiracy were disqualified because they were being paid, in part, by a potential co-conspirator, giving rise to “an actual serious conflict” that could not be ...

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Informant’s tip, other factors supported vehicle stop (access required)

Where a detailed and largely accurate tip from a reliable confidential informant, together with police knowledge of the defendant’s involvement in a prior drug trafficking investigation, his criminal history and his presence at a hotel known for drug trafficking provided ...

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Defendant may be told identity of confidential informant (access required)

The defendant was entitled to know the identity of the confidential informant who witnessed three controlled drug buys. Although the government argued an undercover officer could corroborate the buys and that it had audio and video of the transactions, these ...

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Permit requirement insufficient for traffic stop (access required)

Although regulations prohibit “commercial vehicles” from driving on the George Washington Parkway unless authorized by permit, the mere fact the defendant was driving a commercial vehicle on the parkway did not provide a basis to stop his vehicle. The marijuana ...

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Juvenility considered in imposing life sentence (access required)

After the defendant was sentenced to life without parole for crimes committed when he was 17, the Supreme Court held that, when sentencing a minor to life without parole, the court must consider the defendant’s “youth and attendant characteristics.” Because ...

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