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Fourth Circuit Denies Successive Habeas Petition, Shrugs Off Defendant’s “Scylla and Charybdis” Bind

In re: Jarius Dama Phillips (No. 16-9566) Defendant was convicted in Virginia state court for abduction, rape, and related charges. He was 17 years old at the time of the offense, and was sentenced to four terms of life imprisonment. Virginia has abolished traditional parole, thus these sentences amount to a life-without-parole sentence, as it

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Fourth Circuit Affirms Conviction for Firearm Possession: Aggravated Robbery is a Crime of Violence Under U.S.S.G. § 4B1.2

US v. Blain Salmons Blain Salmons Jr. pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm under 18 U.S.C. §§ 922(g)(1) and 924(a)(2). This crime carries a base offense level of 14, see U.S.S.G. § 2K2.1(a)(6)(A), unless the defendant has a prior conviction for a crime of violence, in which case the base

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