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On second try, defendant may file for habeas based on new evidence (access required)

Evidence disclosed by the Commonwealth of Virginia in October 2016 that could not have been previously discovered through due diligence supported the defendant’s arguments that, but for a constitutional error, no reasonable factfinder would have found him guilty of first-degree ...

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Failure to address argument for sentencing variance was in error (access required)

Although the defendant’s legal objection to the criminal history calculation was addressed by the sentencing judge, it was error to not address the defendant’s equitable argument for a variance from the sentence for illegal reentry. Background Apolonio Torres-Reyes pleaded guilty ...

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No error in rejecting ‘substantially similar’ claims and arguments in habeas (access required)

Where the claims and arguments in a death row inmate’s habeas petition did not “fundamentally alter” those previously rejected by the post-conviction court, the district court did not err in rejecting them under a deferential standard of review. A new ...

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Brady material would not have changed trial’s outcome (access required)

Where the state failed to turn over Brady materials and the state court appeared to apply an incorrect standard when reviewing a petitioner’s post-conviction application, there was another ground sufficient to sustain the decision to deny his application. In addition, the ...

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Sprint customer contract found ambiguous (access required)

Where Sprint argued that Wireless Buybacks, by purchasing phones from Sprint’s customers for resale, tortiously interfered with contracts between Sprint and its customers, the contracts were found to be ambiguous on whether the practice was forbidden. Background Besides providing cellular ...

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Violation of injunction did not create personal jurisdiction (access required)

Where a Hungarian businessman sold a company to another Hungarian company, violating an injunction, the Hungarian company’s participation in the businessman’s injunction violation was insufficient to provide the court a basis for exercising personal jurisdiction over it.

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