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April 29, 2014 4th Circuit Published opinions

United States v Ocasio Ocasio, a police officer, was convicted of conspiracy and extortion by a public official. As part of his sentence, he was ordered to pay restitution to an insurance company which was not a victim of the … Continue reading

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August 28, 2013 South Carolina Supreme Court published opinions

State v Cope Cope was convicted of the rape and murder of his daughter. The Court of appeals affirmed. The Court, 3-2, affirmed as modified. The majority held the trail court did nto err in excluding four incidents involving a … Continue reading

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April 26, 2013 4th Circuit published opinions

United States v 4219 University Drive, Fairfax, Virginia The government sought forfeiture of 4219 university Drive and other property based on underlying health care fraud and money laundering. The jury found in the government’s favor and the district court entered … Continue reading

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February 28, 2013 4th Circuit published opinions

United States v Bernard Bernard was charged with drug distribution. He had a history of mental illness and was evaluated twice for competence to be tried. After being found competent, Bernard moved to represent himself. The district court ruled that … Continue reading

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January 9, 2013 United States Supreme Court opinions

United States v Smith Smith raised withdrawal as a defense to conspiracy charges. The district court charged the jury that withdrawal is an affirmative defense and Smith bore the burden of persuasion. The jury convicted smith and the DC Circuit … Continue reading

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January 3, 2013 4th Circuit published opinions

United States v Greene Greene was tried for bank robbery and use of a weapon. At his trial, a bank teller was asked to look at Greene and share any similarities between him and the person who robbed the bank. … Continue reading

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May 8, 2012 4th Circuit published opinions

Belk, Inc. v. Meyer Corp. Belk sold Meyer high end cookware then began selling a competitors cookware. Meyer alleged the cookware infringed their trade dress and other intellectual property rights. After trial, a jury agreed and the district court tripled … Continue reading

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