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A 'plain error' unconfessed, an appeals ruling sealed, and a murderer will be resentenced

A 'plain error' unconfessed, an appeals ruling sealed, and a murderer will be resentenced

A convicted murderer faces resentencing in federal court after an appeals court vacated his sentence and chastised prosecutors—and then sealed their ruling. John Henry “Little Johnny” Adams, a convicted enforcer for the fearsome Dead Man Inc. gang, had a hand in at least four murders in Baltimore, according to federal prosecutors. But it is not clear what he has pleaded guilty to, what his old sentence was, and what, exactly, the prosecutors did that was questionable. In June, a three-judge panel voted to send Adams' case back to Judge Richard D. Bennett in the federal district court in Maryland "for further proceedings based on this ruling." The ruling...

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