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"A substantial step is more than mere preparation but less than completion of the crime."

As a followup to the recent unpublished Fourth Circuit case, the court described the legal requirements for an attempt of conspiracy to distribute and the need for a substantial step:

U.S. v. Johnson No. 19-4330 (unpublished 2020)

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A Defendant's Case and Their Rights

The defendant has a fundamental right to testify or not testify. · State v. Rivera, 402 S.C. 225 (2013). While the defendant as a right to be present at trial, they do not have a right to be absent


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