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Fourth Circuit OK’s Conviction & Sentence in Maryland Bank Fraud Conspiracy

US v. Junaidu Savage (No. 16-4704) A federal grand jury for the District of Maryland indicted Junaidu Savage for bank fraud conspiracy, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1349 (Count One), and aggravated identity theft, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1028A (Counts Two and Three). The Government alleged that Savage and others devised a scheme to

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Fourth Circuit Affirms Crooked Cop’s Conviction in WV

United States v. Mark Cowden (No. 17-4046) Cowden, a former lieutenant with the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office in West Virginia, was charged with several federal crimes in connection with his assault on Ryan Hamrick. Evidence at trial showed that during a traffic stop, Ryan Hamrick resisted another officer’s attempt to place him under arrest. In

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Fourth Circuit Affirms Convictions in Child Pornography Case

United States v. Miltier (No. 16-4729) This case stems from a 2013 FBI investigation, during which images of child pornography were downloaded from an IP address allegedly assigned to Miltier. A search warrant was executed at Miltier’s home, and a forensic review of his laptop and a flash drive revealed child pornography. Both devices were

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Conviction Affirmed in Drug Trafficking Case

State v. Lance Miles Appellant was convicted for trafficking in illegal drugs. 1) Appellant argued that the court erred in instructing the jury that the defendant didn’t have to know that the drugs in question were Oxycodone. Defendant was caught with a package containing Oxycodone, and when questioned by a law enforcement officer about their

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Court of Appeals Affirms Burglary Conviction

State v. Demario Thompson Demario Thompson appealed his convictions for first-degree burglary and third-degree assault. This case stemmed from a disturbance and an apartment complex at 4:00 am in July 2014. Responding officers encountered the alleged victim, observing that her apartment door appeared to have been kicked in, she was visibly upset, and she had

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Convictions Affirmed in Homicide by Child Abuse Case

State v. Courtney Thompson State v. Robert Guinyard The appellants were tried jointly and convicted of homicide by child abuse (HCA) and unlawful conduct towards a child. 1) Appellants argued that their motions for directed verdict were improperly denied. The COA rejected this argument, saying that there was substantial circumstantial evidence regarding both charged counts

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