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Prior convictions fell within definition of ‘controlled substances’ (access required)

The court rejected defendant’s objection to his sentence, finding prior Virginia convictions for possessing heroin with intent to distribute fell within the definition of crimes involving “controlled substances,” thus implicating the career-offender provision of the sentencing guidelines. Background Timothy A. ...

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Government can continue forced medication of defendant (access required)

The court denied the defendant’s motion for a hearing at this stage and found, based upon a Bureau of Prisons psychiatric report, that defendant had a substantial probability of regaining competency if medicated another 120 days. Background Defendant was charged ...

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Sex offender treatment costs cannot be remitted (access required)

In considering a sex offender’s bid for remittance of treatment expenses, the court found the statute allows remittance of “fines and costs,” but does not extend to costs associated with sex offender treatment class, polygraph tests or a GPS monitor. ...

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