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Record sealed to protect identity of cooperating inmate (access required)

Where an inmate who had pleaded guilty to conspiracy to cocaine-related crimes provided “substantial assistance” to the government, he was entitled to have a pleading about his efforts sealed and removed from online research services. There was a heightened risk ...

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No speedy trial violation despite six-year delay between charge and plea (access required)

A defendant charged with federal illegal reentry from Mexico pleaded guilty to a crime committed during his prior presence in the U.S. The guilty plea waived his right to assert that a six-year delay between the charge and his plea ...

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U.S. can’t offer rebuttal after waiving initial closing argument (access required)

Where the government opted to not make an initial closing argument, it should not have been allowed to make a rebuttal closing argument after the defendant’s closing. But because the defendant did not show he was prejudiced by the altered ...

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Lawyers for Unite the Right defendant must answer subpoenas (access required)

Two attorneys who represented a defendant in state-court criminal proceedings related to a Unite the Right rally failed to quash subpoenas served on them by plaintiffs. The subpoenas did not seek privileged documents, did not require conduct in violation of ...

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Attorney restriction in settlement pact violates public policy (access required)

Although the plaintiff’s attorney agreed, as part of a settlement of a case under the Fair Credit Reporting Act, to not bring further claims against Equifax Information Services LLC for 18 months, and Virginia’s ethics rule does not prohibit such ...

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No right for media to witness pre-execution steps (access required)

Although news organizations sought access to entire execution proceedings, the First Amendment does not support their argument that they must be allowed to witness the steps that precede an actual execution. Background The plaintiffs are news organizations that investigate and ...

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