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Criminal – Habeas Corpus – Brady Violation

The en banc 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals affirms a North Carolina defendant’s capital conviction and death sentence for the murder of a woman he picked up at a night club, despite defendant’s claim that the state violated Brady ...

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Nightclubs on defensive under ABC rules

One win, one loss this week for Tidewater area nightclubs struggling to stay open in the face of enforcement action. In Virginia Beach, where the city took the Encore Lounge to court over a pattern of violence, Circuit Judge Patricia ...

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GOP questions fundraiser

Virginia Republicans have a beef with Gov. Timothy M. Kaine’s plans to raise a little cash for the Democratic party next month.  As this Washington Post blog reports, GOP leaders are considering filing a complaint about the $200-a-head inaugural ball ...

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Insurance – Resident of Same Household – Temporary Guest

A man who temporarily stayed at his parents’ house while waiting to move into a friend’s house, sleeping on the floor of their computer room and bringing no belongings or furniture, was only a temporary guest and not a “resident ...

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Budget cuts expected to hit hard for NoVa schools

Dropping tax receipts and the governor’s proposed cuts could cost Northern Virginia school systems tens of millions of dollars. The Washington Post reports that, beginning in July, Fairfax County schools could receive $48 million less than the system had been ...

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Judge Prentis Smiley dies

Recently retired York/Poquoson Circuit Judge N. Prentis Smiley passed away on Christmas day after a lengthy battle with cancer. He was 70. A graduate of Lynchburg College and the College of William & Mary law school, Judge Smiley was in ...

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Murder conviction overturned for Manassas man

A Manassas man may be re-tried after the Court of Appeals reversed convictions of capital murder and abduction, The News & Messenger reports. Anthony Dale Crawford was convicted Feb. 9, 2007, of killing his estranged wife in 2004. In May ...

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Former Va. law professor disbarred in DC

Bruce Pelkey, a former Regent law professor, has lost his law license for “blatant dishonesty” arising out of a romance and business deals that both went sour. The Examiner reports that Pelkey got ex-girlfriend, Linda Cavalli, to contribute about $32,000 ...

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I, the Juror: A very, very short tour of (jury) duty (access required)

I’m not exactly sure what the odds of being selected for jury duty are in one’s lifetime. I know people twice my age who never have been called, yet I’ve been called twice now in the eight years I’ve been ...

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