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Jury instruction on sex-trafficking “fraud” upheld (access required)

The court of appeals upheld Appellant Michael Maynes Jr.’s convictions for sex trafficking, holding that the trial court properly instructed the jury on the definition of “fraud” and also excluded evidence of the victims’ past engagement in commercial sex. A ...

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“Safety-valve” compliance attempted too late (access required)

Appellant Terrance Kevin Hall, a convicted cocaine dealer attempting to invoke Virginia’s “safety-valve provision” to evade mandatory-minimum sentencing, did not timely provide information required to do so, the court ruled. Hall was convicted of three counts of distribution of cocaine ...

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Hearing Period’s Expiration Doesn’t Warrant Dismissal (access required)

The Supreme Court affirmed Appellant Joseph Boyd Rickman’s civil-commitment order, even though the required probable-cause hearing took place outside the statutory hearing timeframe. In contemplation of Rickman’s impending release from custody on numerous child sex-crime convictions, the Commonwealth petitioned to ...

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