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The 2020 revision of the unofficial "Ruschky" Fourth Circuit criminal instructions is available

The Fourth Circuit does not have official pattern instructions. However, a set of unofficial criminal instructions and annotations, authored by former AUSA Eric Wm. Ruschky and annually updated by law professor Miller W. Shealy, Jr., is posted in PDF format on the District of South Carolina Web site. I just noticed that the annual revision (dated November 1, 2020) is posted there now. These instructions and annotations are of particular value, even outside the Fourth Circuit, because they cover crimes that the official sets don't.

Former U.S. Magistrate Judge Carl Horn's Federal Criminal Jury Instructions for the Fourth Circuit are also widely used, but are not posted on the Internet.

(11/23/20) (permalink)

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