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Monthly Archives: October 2007

Complaint of fraudulent plan has no factual basis – $370 Award (access required)

Plaintiffs alleged that defendant car dealer had a “practice or plan” of buying wrecked vehicles at a discount and then failing to disclose the damage when it sold them. They acknowledged during depositions that they had no factual basis for ...

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Prison inmate sues guard, jail for forcible sodomy – $2,500 Settlement (access required)

The plaintiff was a female inmate at the Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail. She contended that she was sodomized by a correctional officer. The officer was found guilty in a criminal case of forcible sodomy on the inmate, and sentenced to ...

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A new legal thriller from Grisham? (access required)

(AP) It’s hard to shock John Grisham, the master of the legal thriller. But even he was blindsided by something he came across on a recent trip to Italy. It wasn’t a crooked lawyer or an on-the-take judge. It wasn’t ...

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High court to examine discretion in sentencing (access required)

WASHINGTON (AP) The punishment should fit the crime is an axiom of criminal justice. But what happens when lawmakers dictate that similar crimes should have differing penalties or when sentences vary from courtroom to courtroom? The Supreme Court wrestled with ...

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Gregory, Grey among those tapped for Marshall awards (access required)

Roger L. Gregory, a judge of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, and Robert J. Grey Jr., a Richmond attorney and former president of the American Bar Association, will be among the first recipients of the Award of Excellence ...

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Hampden-Sydney students plead guilty to drug charges (access required)

FARMVILLE—Five Hampden-Sydney College students arrested on federal drug-distribution charges in April have pleaded guilty. The prosecutor’s office says they were among 19 young men at the all-male school in Farmville who were arrested on federal and state charges involving cocaine ...

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Vick's cousin pleads guilty to possession (access required)

HAMPTON—The Michael Vick family member whose drug arrest led to the discovery of Vick’s dogfighting compound pleaded guilty last week to possessing marijuana with intent to sell it. Davon Boddie, cousin of the suspended Atlanta Falcons quarterback, was given a ...

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Regent U. launches institute to study people with disabilities (access required)

VIRGINIA BEACH—Pat Robertson’s Regent University launched a new institute last week to research what it calls the global war on people with disabilities. The Institute for the Study of Disability and Bioethics will examine abortions and euthanasia based on the ...

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Randolph College to sell four paintings to back endowment (access required)

LYNCHBURG—Randolph College will sell four paintings from its art collection in November to support the college’s endowment, despite a legal challenge intended to keep the 100-year-old art collection together. The school’s board of trustees voted last week to sell George ...

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