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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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SC Supreme Court: PCR Granted in Armed Robbery Case, Counsel’s Deficient Performance Requires Retrial

Stephen Smalls v. State (No. 27764) In this PCR case, the Court of AppealsĀ held that trial counsel was deficient, but found that the evidence against Smalls was overwhelming, undermining hisĀ Strickland claim. The Supreme Court now reverses, finding that the evidence was not overwhelming, and therefore Smalls is entitled to relief. The underlying case involves an

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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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