United States v. Jones

36 F.Supp.2d 304 (1999)

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United States v. Jones

United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
36 F.Supp.2d 304 (1999)

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Facts

Police in Richmond, Virginia arrested Chad Ramon Jones (defendant), an African American man, for a gun-related offense. The offense violated Virginia law and normally would be prosecuted in state court. However, the offense also violated federal law, which brought it within the scope of Project Exile, a joint state and federal program intended to help decrease Richmond's high violent-crime rate. State and federal law enforcement personnel reviewed the case pursuant to Project Exile procedures, and agreed that the United States government (plaintiff) should prosecute Jones in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. Jones challenged the transfer on Fifth Amendment grounds. Several flaws in Project Exile's design and execution left it open to Jones's charge that the transfer was racially motivated and made it more likely that he would be convicted than had the case remained in state court.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Per curiam)

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