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Fourth Circuit Clarifies Definition of “Travel in Foreign Commerce” in Sex Offense Case

By Sophia Blair On January 4, 2017, the Fourth Circuit published a criminal case, United States v. Schmidt. Richard Schmidt (“Schmidt”) originally pled guilty to traveling in foreign commerce and engaging...

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16th Mar 2017

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Fourth Circuit Considers Scope of FCA’s First-to-File Rule

By Mickey Herman On Thursday, March 16, 2017, the Fourth Circuit issued a published opinion in United States ex rel. Carson v. Manor Care, Inc., a civil case. Plaintiff-appellant, Patrick...

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16th Mar 2017

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Fourth Circuit Affirms North Carolina Statute Constitutes a State Law Relating to the Sexual Exploitation of Children

By Katie Baiocchi On March 15, 2017, the Fourth Circuit issued a public opinion in the criminal case of United States v. Mills. In Mills, the Fourth Circuit addressed the...

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15th Mar 2017

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Fourth Circuit Affirms Consideration of Defendant’s Self-Incriminating Statements

By Ali Fenno On March 13, 2017, the Fourth Circuit issued a published opinion in the criminal case of United States v. Lara.  In Lara, the Fourth Circuit addressed whether...

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13th Mar 2017

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Fourth Circuit Holds the Virginia Crime of Common Law Robbery is Not a Violent Felony for Federal Sentencing Purposes

By John Van Swearingen On March 13, 2017, the Fourth Circuit issued a published opinion in the criminal case United States v. Winston. Robert Winston (“Appellant”), currently serving a 275-month...

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01st Mar 2017

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Fourth Circuit Affirms Juror’s Ambiguous Statement Insufficient to Demonstrate Ineffective Assistance of Counsel

By M. Allie Clayton Today, in the criminal case of United States v. Powell, a published opinion, the Fourth Circuit affirmed the District Court in holding that a juror’s statement...

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28th Feb 2017

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Fourth Circuit Joins Other Circuit Decisions Regarding “Second-in-Time” Habeas Petitions

By Kelsey Hyde Today, the Fourth Circuit issued a published opinion, In re William Robert Gray, Jr., deciding on a motion for authorization to file a second or successive application...

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27th Feb 2017

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Fourth Circuit Affirms Conviction for Mine Health and Safety Violations

By: Kristina Wilson On Thursday, January 19, 2017, the Fourth Circuit issued a published opinion in the criminal case United States v. Blankenship. The Fourth Circuit affirmed the defendant’s conviction...

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24th Feb 2017

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Fourth Circuit Denies Federal Jurisdiction Under Tax Injunction Act Despite Artful Pleading

By Sophia Blair On January 24, 2017, the Fourth Circuit published Gwozdz v. Healthport Tech., LLC, a civil case. Lawrence Gwozdz (“Gwozdz”) requested his wife’s medical records from several Maryland Hospitals....

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23rd Feb 2017

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Fourth Circuit Remands Deaf Prisoner’s Claims that Prison Failed to Accommodate

By Mike Stephens On Thursday, February 23, 2017, the Fourth Circuit issued a published opinion in Heyer v. U.S. Bureau of Prisons. Appellant, Thomas Heyer, brought several claims against the United...

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23rd Feb 2017

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Fourth Circuit Upholds Traffic Stop as Constitutional Under the Fourth Amendment

  By Kelsey Mellan On February 23, 2017, the Fourth Circuit issued a published opinion in United States v. Hill, a criminal appeal on behalf of two defendants. Defendant-Appellants Darren...

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20th Feb 2017

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Fourth Circuit Affirms Sentencing Enhancements for “Relevant Conduct”

By John Van Swearingen On January 24, 2017, the Fourth Circuit issued a published opinion in the criminal case United States v. Agyekum. In the United States District Court for...

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