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Tag Archives: Judge James A. Wynn Jr.

Trial court must consider spoliation sanctions motion (access required)

Where a detainee suing for civil rights violations moved for sanctions after learning that videos of his physical altercation were not preserved, and he timely objected to a magistrate judge’s decision denying his motion, the district court must consider the ...

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Maryland statutory assault with intent isn’t ‘violent felony’ under ACCA (access required)

Where a Maryland criminal statute prohibiting assault with intent to prevent lawful apprehension incorporates the common-law understanding of assault, which may involve innocuous conduct, it does not constitute a “violent felony” under the Armed Career Criminal Act, or ACCA. Background ...

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‘Ambiguous’ jury verdict insufficient for habeas relief (access required)

Where it was unclear whether a jury relied solely on now-invalid predicate counts in rendering guilty verdicts on two other counts, the defendant wasn’t entitled to habeas relief. He needed to show “more than a reasonable possibility” that the jury ...

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