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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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SC Supreme Court: No Mid-Trial Appeal for the State

State v. David Ledford (No. 2016-000791) During the charge conference in Mr. Ledford’s trial for inflicting great bodily injury upon a child, there was a dispute between the parties regarding the proper jury instructions. Ledford’s proposed jury instruction included a requirement that he acted “willfully” in order for the jury to convict. Ledford explained his requested jury

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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 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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SC Supreme Court Affirms Conviction and Death Sentence in Myrtle Beach Murder Case

State v. Luzenski Cottrell (No. 27754) Luzenski Allen Cottrell was convicted and sentenced to death by an Horry County jury for the 2002 murder of Myrtle Beach police officer Joe McGarry. At trial, the State alleged that Cottrell shot and killed Officer McGarry during a scuffle outside of a Dunkin Donuts in Myrtle Beach. The

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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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