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Criminal Law Keyed to Abrams
United States v. Venable
Citation:666 F.3d 893 (4th Cir. 2012)
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Venable (Defendant) was indicted by the United States (Prosecution) on the charge of possessing a firearm while being a felon. Venable, who was African American and had a felony conviction on his record, moved to dismiss the indictment and sought discovery into the criteria and procedures used by the government in deciding to prosecute him, while two other white individuals were not prosecuted under the same circumstances. Venable argued that a grossly disproportionate number of African American defendants as compared with white defendants were prosecuted for firearms offenses in the Richmond Division of the United States Attorney’s Office, which was the office that was prosecuting him.
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