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Conviction for violating identification ordinance reversed (access required)

Appellant’s conviction for violating a city ordinance that require a person to produce identification when “the surrounding circumstances are such as to indicate to a reasonable man that the public safety requires such identification” is reversed. The city has conceded ...

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Actual innocence petition rejected (access required)

A petition for a writ of actual innocence is denied. The evidence in support consists of an affidavit from the robbery victim who now states he  “is no longer confident” of his identification of petitioner, stale information from another trial ...

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Insufficient evidence to sustain extortion conviction (access required)

Appellant’s extortion conviction is reversed because there was no evidence of a threat before the victim gave her money. The commonwealth concedes there was insufficient evidence to support the jury’s guilty verdict. Overview The victim responded to appellant’s ad on ...

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