Federal Court Overturns Firearm Convictions, Despite Leaving Life Sentences Intact

Even though a federal court upheld a prisoner’s life sentence for a RICO murder conviction, it still granted postconviction relief and vacated two illegal convictions for use of a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence, in light of some recent Supreme Court decisions. Delroy Lee was convicted by a jury of numerous federal…

Read More

Fourth Circuit Holds Rehaif is Retroactively Available for Habeas Cases

Tossing the government’s two major defenses against Rehaif claims in postconviction proceedings, the Fourth Circuit held that not only does Rehaif also apply to felon-in-possession of firearm cases under § 922(g)(1), but that it also applies retroactively on collateral review.  See United States v. Waters, 2023 U.S. App. LEXIS 7558, — F.4th — (Mar. 30,…

Read More

Federal Court Tosses Drug and Gun Convictions Based on Defective Search Warrant

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit tossed a federal drug and gun case based on a defective search warrant. The Court held that the affidavit filed by law enforcement to show probable cause to obtain a search warrant was lacking in detail and therefore the warrant should not have been issued. Lexington,…

Read More
%d bloggers like this: