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Defense attorneys failed to explore mitigating evidence (access required)

Defense attorneys who represented a man sentenced to death for kidnapping and murder failed to investigate signs of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome in the case; their admission that they did not provide this potentially mitigating evidence prompts a new trial. Background ...

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Body cam footage supports denial of motion to suppress (access required)

Body camera footage showed officers had consent to enter the man’s residence and he was not in custody when questioned; therefore, the dismissal of a motion to suppress is upheld. Background After Ismael Azua-Rinconada was indicted for illegally entering the ...

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Private prison investigator failed to give ‘Miranda’ warning (access required)

Where a private prison investigator failed to give Miranda warnings to a prisoner before questioning him about possession of contraband, and the trial judge granted a motion to suppress, that judgment is affirmed. Background Brandon Briggs was incarcerated at the ...

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No relief for defendant convicted of aiding and abetting attempted murder (access required)

The court rejected a defendant’s argument that his conviction for aiding and abetting attempted murder does not qualify as a “crime of violence” under the §924(c)(3)(A) “force clause,” finding that just because an aspect of his conviction was attempted murder ...

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