Daily Dockets

Docket – April 22, 2019

4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Hayes v. Carver (P), 4th Cir. (Gregory) from MDNC at Greensboro (Schroeder). The district court properly dismissed a habeas petitioner’s claim of actual innocence. He was convicted of two counts of second-degree murder and sentenced… Read More ›

Docket – April 17, 2019

4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Wright v. Lassiter (P), 4th Cir. (Richardson) from EDNC at Raleigh (Dever). The district court correctly found that North Carolina prison officials did not substantially burden the plaintiff’s constitutional and statutory religious-freedom rights, though… Read More ›

Docket – April 16, 2019

4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Reyna v. Hott (P), 4th Cir. (Niemeyer) from EDVA at Alexandria (O’Grady). The district court properly dismissed the complaint on grounds that the plaintiffs did not sufficiently allege that the government’s practice of transferring… Read More ›

Docket – April 9, 2019

NOTE: There are no new case summaries for April 10, 2019. 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals McCaffrey v. Chapman (P), 4th Cir. (Quattlebaum) from EDVA at Alexandria (Trenga). Under the Elrod-Branti exception to First Amendment protection, the district court… Read More ›

Docket – April 8, 2019

4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Berkenfeld v. Lenet (P), 4th Cir. (Wynn) from DMD at Baltimore (Xinis). Because of Maryland’s high bar for taking questions of contributory negligence, the district court erred in finding that the plaintiffs were barred… Read More ›

Docket – March 29, 2019

NOTE: Evening docket will be on hiatus until April 8, 2019. Happy spring break, y’all! U.S. District Court – Virginia Eastern Dynex Capital Inc. v. Quilling, EDVA at Richmond (Lauck). In this decades-long dispute arising from breach-of-contract litigation against the… Read More ›

Docket – March 28, 2019

4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals United States v. Guzman-Velasquez (P), 4th Cir. (Motz) from EDVA at Richmond (Lauck). In denying the defendant’s motion to dismiss his indictment for illegal re-entry into the United States after being deported, the district court reached… Read More ›

Docket – March 27, 2019

4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals United States v. Smith (P), 4th Cir. (Richardson) from DMD at Baltimore (Bredar). In the defendants’ trial for gang-related violence, the district court properly addressed some jurors’ fears about gang retaliation and admitted an… Read More ›

Docket – March 26, 2019

4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals United States v. Hawley (P), 4th Cir. (Wynn) from EDNC at Raleigh (Howard). Following the defendant’s drug- and firearm-related convictions, the district court properly sentenced him to 57 months’ imprisonment. The district court imposed… Read More ›