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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: Traffic Stop Violated Defendant’s Fourth Amendment Rights, Conviction Reversed

U.S. v. Brian Bowman (No. 16-4848) Brian Bowman appeals the district court’s denial of his motion to suppress evidence recovered from a dog sniff conducted after an already-completed traffic stop. The Fourth Circuit concludes that the police officer had neither Bowman’s consent to extend the traffic stop nor a reasonable, articulable suspicion of ongoing criminal activity

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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: NC Voluntary Manslaughter is a Violent Felony Per the ACCA

United States v. Antoine Darrell Smith (No. 17-4015) Smith pled guilty to one count of PWID cocaine, and one count of possession of ammunition by a convicted felon. Smith’s PSI indicated that he was subject to enhanced penalties under the ACCA, due in part to his North Carolina conviction for voluntary manslaughter. Smith argued that

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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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Fourth Circuit Affirms Sex Trafficking Convictions

US v. Michael Lawrence Maynes (No. 16-4732) “Michael Maynes was a pimp,” this opinion begins. It quickly goes downhill for the appellant from there. Maynes was convicted of sex trafficking by use of force, fraud, or coercion, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1591(a). The allegations in this case were that Maynes convinced several women to

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Fourth Circuit Vacates Procedurally Unreasonable Sentence; District Court Failed to Consider Defendant’s Arguments for Lesser Sentence

U.S. v. Benjamin Cornelius Blue (No. 16-4537) Defendant-Appellant Benjamin Cornelius Blue appeals his 272-month sentence, which the district court imposed after Blue pled guilty to armed bank robbery and brandishing a firearm during a crime of violence. On appeal, Blue argues that his sentence is unreasonable because the district court failed to address his non-frivolous arguments

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Fourth Circuit Affirms Wire Fraud Convictions; OK’s District Court’s Jury Instructions

United States v. Moshin Raza (No. 16-4247) United States v. Farukh Iqbal (No. 16-4259) United States v. Mohammad Ali Haider (No. 16-4261) United States v. Humaira Iqbal (No. 16-4262) The defendants were convicted by a jury in the Eastern District of Virginia of the offenses of wire fraud and conspiracy to commit wire fraud . Their

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Fourth Circuit Reverses Denial of Hearing on §2254 Case; Defendant Entitled to Evidentiary Hearing on Alleged Brady Violations

Juniper v. Zook (No. 13-7) Anthony Juniper was convicted at trial for the murders of Keshia Stephens, along with Ms. Stephens’ brother, and her two daughters. The evidence at trial showed that Juniper and Stephens were involved in a tumultuous relationship. On the morning of the murders, Juniper went to Stephens’ apartment at approximately 10:20

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Fourth Circuit Holds That Reckless Disregard for Minor’s Age Will Suffice for Sex Trafficking Conviction

U.S. v. Terrell Banker (No. 16-4413) Terrell Banker appeals his convictions for conspiracy to engage in sex trafficking of a minor, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1594; sex trafficking of a minor, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1591(a); and enticement of a minor for illegal sexual activity, in violation of 18 U.S.C. §

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