Tag Archives: sexually dangerous persons

July 2 2014 South Carolina Supreme Court published opinions

State v Wessinger The trail court found that Wessinger’s indecent exposure convictions were violent offenses for purposes of the sex offender civil commitment statute without holding a hearing with opportunity to cross examine witnesses. The Court affirmed holding that on … Continue reading

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May 15, 2014 4th Circuit published opinion

United States v Garcia Over Garcia’s objections, the district court allowed an FBI agent to testify as an expert on the meaning of coded phrases in conversations between Garcia and accused codefendants. Garcia was convicted of conspiracy and drug trafficking. … Continue reading

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February 4, 2014 4th Circuit published opinions

United States v Antone The government sought to commit Antone as a sexually dangerous person. The magistrate court recommended releasing Antone, but, the district court concluded he met the criteria and ordered Antone’s commitment. The panel reversed. It held that … Continue reading

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January 17, 2014 4th Circuit published opinions

United States v Freeman Freeman pled guilty to obstructing his bankruptcy proceeding by giving false testimony. The government sought restitution for victims of an uncharged fraud scheme which the district court ordered. The panel reversed. It held that the restitution … Continue reading

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December 20, 2013 4th Circuit published opinions

United States v Steffen Steffen pled guilty to a drug charge. The district court ruled he was a supervisor in the conspiracy and enhanced his sentence. The panel affirmed. It held that because supervisor status is a factual determination, albeit … Continue reading

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December 10, 2013 4th Circuit published opinions

Durham v Jones Durham used force to arrest a suspect. He was coerced into deleting references to the use of force in his incident report by Jones’ sheriff’s department and complained to other law enforcement agencies and the press. He … Continue reading

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July 5, 2013 4th Circuit published opinions

Union Carbide Corporation v Richards  Richards was awarded black lung survivor benefits under Section 1556 of the Affordable Care Act. The panel affirmed.  It held that 1556 created a new claim not merely a new theory of liability in that … Continue reading

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