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Feb 27, 2014

Criminal Practice – Defendant Waived Drug Quantity Objection

U.S. v. Robinson (Lawyers Weekly No. 14-01-0182, 25 pp.) (Motz, J.) No. 12-4639, Feb. 21, 2014; USDC at Raleigh, N.C. (Flanagan, J.) 4th Cir. Holding: A defendant knowingly and voluntarily waived his claim that the district court erred in relying on statements from an informant drug buyer to calculate how much cocaine defendant sold in […]

Jan 8, 2014

Criminal Practice – Revocation Sentence Upheld for Drug Dealing

U.S. v. Webb (Lawyers Weekly No. 001-007-14, 11 pp.) (Floyd, J.) No. 12-4856, Dec. 19, 2013; USDC at Charlottesville, Va. (Moon, J.) 4th Cir. Holding: A 32-month prison sentence upon revocation of defendant’s supervised release for his continued distribution of cocaine base is not plainly unreasonable on a claim the district court referenced certain purportedly […]

Nov 20, 2013

Florida congressman pleads guilty to cocaine charge

Florida Republican Rep. Henry "Trey" Radel pleaded guilty Wednesday to a misdemeanor charge of cocaine possession and was sentenced to a year's probation.

Jun 28, 2013

Criminal Practice – Sentence Reduction Upheld in Cocaine Case

U.S. v. Smalls A cocaine defendant whose sentence was reduced from life in prison to 405 months, then to 327 months, has his sentence at the high end of the modified guidelines range affirmed by the 4th Circuit.

Feb 8, 2013

Criminal Practice – No Reversal for Use of Post-Indictment Recording

U.S. v. Williamson The 4th Circuit says a defendant convicted in 2007 for conspiracy to distribute cocaine is not entitled to reversal of his conviction or a new trial on his claim that admission of an incriminating tape-recording made by a government informant after defendant was indicted violated his constitutional rights.

Jan 22, 2013

Police search OK when clues add up, court rules

Police were justified in stopping a man they saw “huddled up” with another man in a high-crime area, the state Supreme Court has ruled. In a 3-2 decision, the court reinstated Syllester Taylor’s 30-year sentence for dealing crack cocaine.

Dec 21, 2012

Criminal Practice – Traffic Stop – Reasonable Suspicion – Cocaine – Motion to Suppress

State v. Wallace In this case in which our Court of Appeals considered the totality of the circumstances of a traffic stop to determine that a police officer had reasonable suspicion to detain the defendant while he walked a drug dog around the car, the petition for a writ of certiorari was improvidently granted.

Aug 24, 2012

Eighteen people indicted in drug operation

BEAUFORT (AP) — Federal authorities have indicted 18 Beaufort-area residents in a drug ring accused of selling cocaine and prescription pills.

Mar 4, 2011

Criminal Practice – Reasonable Suspicion – Cocaine – Traffic Stop – Motion to Suppress

State v. Wallace. (Lawyers Weekly No. 011-036-11, 6 pp.) (John C. Few, C.J.) Appealed from Oconee County Circuit Court. (J.C. Buddy Nicholson Jr., J.) S.C. App. Click here for the full text of the opinion. Holding: An arresting officer had reasonable suspicion to detain a motorist after the conclusion of a traffic stop where (1) […]

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