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SCV: Successive-murder convictions merit multiple sentences (access required)

A defendant who murdered two victims within three years was subject to conviction and sentencing for both crimes under the statutory provision addressing such successive murders. Although the separate indictments merely changed the order in which victims were named, the ...

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4th Cir.: On deferential review, court’s “pause” shows consideration (access required)

At a revocation hearing, a district court asked to reconsider imposing the maximum sentence based on hardship to the defendant’s family did in fact consider that mitigating factor, as shown by the court’s response of “all right” and a subsequent ...

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4th Cir.: To trigger Simmons, state argument must look forward (access required)

A serial killer, sentenced to death under North Carolina law, did not have a constitutional right to inform his sentencing jury that he was ineligible for parole. This right, which accrues when the prosecutor points to the defendant’s future danger ...

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4th Cir.: Juvenile D.C. sniper to be resentenced under Miller (access required)

The younger “D.C. sniper,” who was a teenager when he was convicted of several murders and related crimes, must be resentenced following retroactive constitutional standards for juvenile punishment, established subsequent to his sentencing. Background During about seven weeks in 2002, ...

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CAV: Bench warrant for revocation hearing was proper (access required)

Under Code § 19.2-306, the circuit court had jurisdiction to hear the case against the appellant when it revoked her “indefinite” probation and ordered her to serve 90 days of her previously suspended sentence. Background Appellant Dorothy Cilwa was convicted ...

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4th Cir.: Court won’t rehear habeas retroactivity issue (access required)

The government was denied rehearing as to a habeas petitioner, previously granted permission to seek relief under the savings clause contained in 28 U.S.C. § 2255. Statement respecting denial (Agee, J.) The issues in this case are of significant national ...

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4th Cir.: Enhancement improper without “overt act” predicates (access required)

The district court erred in sentencing the defendant as a career offender because his prior convictions for conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute cocaine are not controlled substance offenses for career offender purposes. No career-offender predicates Appellant ...

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4th Cir.: Scam “reloader” targeted vulnerable victims (access required)

The district court did not err in applying a “vulnerable victim” sentencing enhancement to a defendant who worked at a fraudulent telemarketing center as a “reloader,” targeting individuals who had already fallen for the scheme at least once, in the ...

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4th Cir.: Non-contact child porn victims entitled to restitution (access required)

A defendant waived his right to appeal an award of $100,000 restitution to his child victim, but the district court’s reasons for denying restitution to other, non-contact victims contradicted U.S. Supreme Court precedent. Background Appellant Mario Dillard used computer programs ...

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4th Cir.: Revocation hearing no vehicle to attack sentence (access required)

Considering revocation of the defendant’s supervised release, the district court correctly determined that it lacked jurisdiction to rule on the defendant’s challenge to the constitutionality of his underlying sentence. And based on the nature of the defendant’s threats to his ...

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