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Tag Archives: Conspiracy

Criminal Practice – Conspiracy Charge Sticks for False Distress Call (access required)

U.S. v. Deffenbaugh Although defendant claims he could not be convicted of federal conspiracy to make a false distress call to the Coast Guard because his girlfriend was not aware a call to the Coast Guard would be part of the plan to fake his death in order to avoid a state probation violation hearing, evidence showed she understood the plan would involve a false distress call and the 4th Circuit affirms defendant’s conspiracy conviction to violate 14 U.S.C. § 88(c).

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Criminal Practice – Jury & Jurors – ‘Anonymous’ Jury – Murder Trial – First Impression – Constitutional – Hearsay Evidence – Murdered Witness — Conspiracy (access required)

U.S. v. Dinkins Using an ‘anonymous’ jury whose biographical information has been withheld from defense lawyers and defendants accused of drug-trafficking and the murder of government witnesses is not a reason to overturn their convictions; the 4th Circuit follows decisions by its sister circuits and provides guidelines for use of anonymous juries.

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Criminal Practice – Crack Cocaine Distribution — Conspiracy – Confidential Informant – Prior Contacts (access required)

U.S. v. Edmonds A defendant convicted of distribution of crack cocaine for sale of drugs to a confidential informant also can be convicted of conspiracy to traffic crack cocaine, based on his interactions with the confidential informant before he started working as a government agent after his arrest; the 4th Circuit affirms defendant’s convictions and his life sentence.

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