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Waiver did not prevent review of constitutionally infirm plea (access required)

An appeal waiver did not prevent the court from reviewing the defendant’s claim her plea was tainted by constitutional error. On the merits, however, the court agreed the relevant statute applied to the defendant’s admitted conduct. Background Mary Mooney pleaded ...

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Panel urges Fourth Circuit to revisit Massenburg (access required)

A defendant who was incorrectly informed about the potential sentence if he pleaded guilty, which the government conceded was plain error, nevertheless failed to demonstrate the admitted error affected his substantial rights under a binding Fourth Circuit decision that imposes ...

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Larceny conviction supported by circumstantial evidence (access required)

Circumstantial evidence and reasonable inferences, including the appellant’s shifting explanations and the fact that his driver’s permit, cellphone and the victim’s belongings were found in a stolen car, supported his larceny conviction. Background On April 9, 2016, at about 4:15 ...

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Defendant committed assault when he grabbed co-worker (access required)

Where a defendant acknowledged touching his co-worker’s shoulders during a dispute, and the co-worker and other witnesses testified that the contact was intended to prevent the co-worker from leaving the room, the defendant’s self-serving testimony that the contact was minimal ...

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Government could make second search of cellphone (access required)

Although evidence obtained during a military search of the defendant’s cellphone was inadmissible because it violated the Military Rules of Evidence, the good-faith exception to the exclusionary rule and “fruit of the poisonous tree” doctrine nonetheless allowed the government to ...

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