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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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16th Feb 2017

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Fourth Circuit: Government Did Not Breach Plea Agreement

By Mickey Herman On Thursday, January 11, 2017, the Fourth Circuit issued a published opinion in United States v. Tate, a criminal case. Defendant-appellant, Brandon Tate, appealed his sentence, arguing...

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09th Feb 2017

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Fourth Circuit Upholds Criminal Sentence for “Threatening Communication” Charge

By Kelsey Mellan On February 9, 2017, the Fourth Circuit issued a published opinion in United States v. Spencer, a criminal appeal of an allegedly unreasonable sentence stemming from a...

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30th Jan 2017

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Fourth Circuit Affirms Career Offender Status and Controlled Substance Offense Convictions

By: Kristina Wilson On Monday, January 30, 2017, the Fourth Circuit issued a published opinion in the criminal case United States v. Dozier. The Fourth Circuit affirmed the Southern District...

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26th Jan 2017

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Fourth Circuit Upholds Removal Order and Sentencing Determination

By Kelsey Mellan On January 26, 2017, the Fourth Circuit issued a published opinion in United States v. Moreno-Tapia, a constitutional appeal of an immigration removal and sentencing order. Juan...

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25th Jan 2017

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Fourth Circuit Outlines “Moral Turpitude” Test for Deportation Cases

By Ali Fenno On January 24, 2017, the Fourth Circuit issued a published opinion in the criminal case Sotnikau v. Lynch.  In Sotnikau, the Fourth Circuit addressed whether involuntary manslaughter...

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23rd Jan 2017

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Fourth Circuit Affirms Denial of Motion to Suppress by Clarifying the Terry Doctrine

By John Van Swearingen On Monday, January 23, 2017 the Fourth Circuit issued a published opinion following a rehearing en banc in the criminal case United States v. Robinson. The defendant...

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21st Nov 2016

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Fourth Circuit Affirms Grant of Habeas Relief Based on Racially Prejudiced Comments

By Kelsey Mellan On November 21, 2016, the Fourth Circuit issued a published opinion in Bennett v. Stirling, a prisoner death penalty appeal involving a prosecutor’s racially charged remarks throughout a...

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12th Nov 2016

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Fourth Circuit Finds Plaintiff’s Due Process Rights Violated and Clarifies Standard for Excessive Force

By Mike Stephens On November 7, 2016, the Fourth Circuit decided the criminal case of Dilworth v. Adams. Michael Dilworth (“Dilworth”) was being held as a pretrial detainee in a North...

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10th Nov 2016

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Fourth Circuit Remands Burglary Case with Sentencing Guidelines

By Sophia Blair On November 10, 2016, the Fourth Circuit issued a published opinion in the criminal case, United States v. Williams. Earnest Lee Williams Jr. (“Williams”) was charged with...

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26th Oct 2016

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Fourth Circuit Declines to Invalidate Petitioner’s Guilty Plea

By Ali Fenno On October 25, 2016, the Fourth Circuit issued a published opinion in the criminal case of Dingle v. Stevenson. In Dingle, the Fourth Circuit addressed whether the...

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26th Oct 2016

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Fourth Circuit Vacates Exclusion of Grand Jury Evidence in Human Trafficking Case

By John Van Swearingen On Wednesday, October 26, 2016, the Fourth Circuit issued a published opinion in the criminal case United States v. Alvarado. The district court had issued an...

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