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Tag Archives: 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals

Death penalty defendant fails to show ineffective assistance (access required)

Where a detainee sentenced to death alleged he received ineffective assistance of counsel regarding his decision to plead guilty and the process of sentencing explaining, but his arguments were procedurally defaulted or without merit, his claims were rejected. Background In ...

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Applicant granted remand not entitled to attorneys’ fees (access required)

Where a district court directed the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, or USCIS, to adjudicate the plaintiff’s naturalization application within 45 days and retained jurisdiction to hear the case if the agency failed to comply, the plaintiff did not qualify ...

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Government’s discovery failures at coal mine trial excused (access required)

Where the government failed to produce documents in the trial of the Massey Energy CEO who, after a coal mine explosion, was convicted of conspiracy to willfully violate mandatory federal mine safety and health standards, his conviction was upheld because ...

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