Wednesday, March 26, 2003

Murder defendant gets a new trial, Rule 11 sanctions reversed

Today in this opinion the Fourth Circuit affirmed the rulings of W.D. Va.'s Judge Kiser that the defendant in an employment discrimination case was entitled to summary judgment on the merits as well as an award of attorneys' fees and costs, but reversed Judge Kiser's sua sponte sanctions under Rule 11 for failure to adhere to the safe harbor procedures.

Another panel in this opinion affirmed the E.D. Va.'s Judge Williams' decision to grant habeas corpus relief on account of the Commonwealth's failure to disclose exculpatory material in a notorious murder case.

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