Smith's Criminal Case Compendium

Smith's Criminal Case Compendium

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This compendium includes significant criminal cases by the U.S. Supreme Court & N.C. appellate courts, Nov. 2008 – Present. Selected 4th Circuit cases also are included.

Jessica Smith prepared case summaries Nov. 2008-June 4, 2019; later summaries are prepared by other School staff.

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E.g., 09/21/2021
E.g., 09/21/2021

The evidence was sufficient to sustain a conviction for receiving goods explicitly represented as stolen by a law enforcement officer. No specific words are required to be spoken to fulfill the “explicitly represented” element of the offense. Rather the statute “merely requires that a person knowingly receives or possesses property that was clearly expressed, either by words or conduct, as constituting stolen property.” Here, the officer said that he was told that the business bought “stolen property, stolen laptops” and twice reminded the defendant that “this stupid guy kept leaving the door open, [and] I kept running in the back of it and taking laptops.” After the exchange of money for the laptops, the officer told the defendant that he could get more laptops.

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