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Tag Archives: Judge Robert B. King

Jury to decide if prison officials violated inmate’s rights (access required)

Where the evidence showed one official within the prison’s health department was aware of the plaintiff’s Hepatitis C status, lack of treatment and resulting risk of harm, and another official postponed treatment for inmates with Hepatitis C knowing it would ...

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Drug conspiracy defendants get new trial (access required)

Where the defendants repeatedly challenged whether venue for their trial involving distribution of synthetic drugs was appropriate in the Western District of Virginia, and the evidence supporting venue was not “substantial and uncontroverted” as the drug operation extended from China ...

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4th Circuit: Jury should decide venue in ‘bath salts’ case (access required)

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A divided federal appeals panel has overturned the convictions of three accused drug distributors because a jury never was asked if the charges were brought in the right locality. A two-judge majority of a panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit ...

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Employer as joint insurance plan administrator had fiduciary duty (access required)

An employer who allegedly told a beneficiary it would pay death benefits, after the life insurance carrier denied the claim, has been sued by the beneficiary who alleges she relied on the promises to her detriment. Background According to the ...

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Denial of voter list to out-of-state resident can be challenged (access required)

An out-of-state citizen could bring a constitutional challenge against a statute that limited copies of the state’s registered voter list to state residents because the list was closely connected to political speech and the statute imposes both content- and speaker-based ...

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Enhancements based on prior arson and distribution convictions upheld (access required)

A defendant was properly subject to an enhanced sentence because his prior state conviction for distribution of crack cocaine qualified as a serious drug offense under the Armed Career Criminal Act, or ACCA, and a controlled substance offense under the ...

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Government officials immune from reporter’s claims (access required)

Senior government officials, including the former Attorney General and the Postmaster General, cannot be held liable for claims they unlawfully relied on electronic surveillance to spy on a CBS television reporter because such conduct did not violate a clearly established ...

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Maryland agency immune from discrimination claims (access required)

A Maryland state agency enjoys 11th Amendment immunity against sexual orientation and disability discrimination claims brought by a former employee because the agency did not consent to suit in federal court. Background This appeal and ongoing proceedings in the District ...

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Robocall ban exemption violates First Amendment (access required)

Political organizations argued that an exception for debt collection under the autodialer ban in the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, or TCPA, represented unconstitutional content-based discrimination against other speech. The Fourth Circuit agreed but held that the exception was severable from ...

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