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Criminal Practice – Death Penalty Upheld in Murder-for-Hire Case (access required)

U.S. v. Runyon The 4th Circuit upholds defendant’s conviction and capital sentence for conspiracy to commit murder-for-hire, based on his fatal shooting of a Naval officer in 2007 as a contract killing arranged by the officer’s wife and her paramour; however, the panel splits on whether it was error for the trial judge to admit an interrogation videotape in which police appealed to defendant’s “honor” as an Asian-American man and referred to his Christian duty to repent his sins.

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