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No jurisdiction to set aside 2012 judgment (access required)

Where, many years after his plea-based murder convictions, appellant moved to vacate the judgment and his life sentences because he had undiagnosed mental illness when he was convicted, the trial court correctly concluded it lacked jurisdiction to consider appellant’s motion. ...

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Guidelines sentence not abuse of discretion (access required)

Where the court sentenced appellant within the sentencing guidelines and weighed her mitigating evidence against her “significant criminal history of distributing drugs,” there was no abuse of discretion. The court was under no obligation to impose a sentence below the ...

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No warrant issued in geo-fence case (access required)

Where a prosecutor and the Arlington County Police Department have requested a geo-fence search warrant, the warrant will not issue because it “lacks sufficient particularity and reads as a general warrant.” Relevant facts “The Commonwealth’s Attorney, with the Arlington County ...

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No statutory, constitutional speedy trial violation (access required)

Although some factors weigh in defendant’s favor concerning his speedy trial claims, he is not entitled to relief because he has not shown any particularized prejudice. Background A grand jury indicted defendant Edwards and three others on Aug. 4, 2021, ...

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