Evidence

United States v. Davis (P)

In the defendant’s trial for drug distribution, the district court did not abuse its discretion in admitting (1) a confidential informant’s out-of-court statement about purchasing drugs from the defendant prior to the relevant investigation, (2) an officer’s photographs of the… Read More ›

In re: Scott (P)

The petitioner’s requested writ of actual innocence should be issued, based on the totality of the evidence. The petitioner was convicted of three offenses relating to a 1975 rape. Trial established that the victim was attacked by a single perpetrator…. Read More ›

Roe v. Howard (P)

The Trafficking Victims Protection Act’s civil-remedy provision supports a $3 million award to a housekeeper who was sexually abused by the defendant and her husband while working for them overseas. The court properly held as much and also did not… Read More ›

Porter v. Commonwealth (U)

In a hearing on revocation of the defendant’s suspended sentence, the trial court did not err in admitting an out-of-court verbal statement to the defendant’s probation officer. The defendant’s probation conditions included having no visitors in his state-provided motel room… Read More ›

United States v. Habteyes

The defendant, who has been indicted for making false material representations to immigration/naturalization officials regarding his background in Ethiopia, seeks to exclude from the court’s consideration a ledger of firearms distributions to supporters of Ethiopia’s military council (which was waging… Read More ›

Lawlor v. Zook (P)

A Virginia state court sentenced the petitioner to death after his capital murder conviction. The district court dismissed his petition for review of his death sentence under 28 U.S.C. § 2254. This was error. The state court excluded specialized and… Read More ›