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First Step applies to conviction for crack and powder cocaine (access required)

A defendant sentenced for a conspiracy involving both crack and powder cocaine was nevertheless eligible for a sentence reduction consideration under the First Step Act because nothing in the statute says it does not apply if a covered offense is ...

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Accomplice’s ‘personal use’ drugs considered at sentencing (access required)

Where a defendant pleads guilty to aiding-and-abetting the distribution of a controlled substance, the sentencing court may consider drugs possessed or consumed for “personal use.” In a case of first impression, the court held there is no personal use exception ...

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Pharmaceutical company fails in bid to suppress evidence (access required)

A pharmaceutical company failed to suppress evidence obtained through a search warrant because the warrant did not omit material information, was compliant with Fourth Circuit law and was not overbroad. Moreover, it was not improper to seize corporate-issued electronics, even ...

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Government failed to establish right to enforce judgment lien (access required)

The government failed in its effort to enforce a judgment lien against real property formerly owned by an individual convicted of failing to report his interest in foreign accounts. The government offered no legal authority demonstrating that a judgment lien ...

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