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Criminal Practice – Sentencing – Enhancement – Prior Conviction – Sexual Abuse (access required)

U.S. v. Spence The 4th Circuit upholds an enhanced sentence for a defendant convicted of possession of child pornography, based on his prior conviction under South Carolina common law for “assault and battery of a high aggravated nature”; the district court did not err in holding that the prior conviction qualified as a predicate offense under the sexual abuse enhancement under 18 U.S.C. § 2252A(b)(2).

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Civil Rights – Pretrial Release – Sexual Abuse – Municipal – 42 U.S.C. § 1983 (access required)

Hill v. Robeson County. Plaintiff alleges that, while she was on pre-trial supervision, a county resource officer and three deputies sexually abused her. She has failed to show that the county is liable for these men's alleged actions. The court grants the motions to dismiss of the county and its officials.

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