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Monthly Archives: May 2008

Agee confirmation by Memorial Day?

The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee yesterday unanimously reported to the full Senate the nomination of Virginia Supreme Court Justice Steven Agee to the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) proclaimed, “The Senate is now poised to ...

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Criminal – Sixth Amendment – Lawyer Conversation – Immigration Fraud

Although a lawyer and his law firm already were indicted on charges of immigration fraud, recorded conversations with the lawyer initiated by two government witnesses after the indictment did not violate the lawyer’s Sixth Amendment right to counsel, the 4th ...

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How not to make news

Law enforcement officers might dream of headlines about catching public enemies and saving citizens from harm. Unfortunately, those are not the headlines coming out out about Pittsylvania County Sheriff’s Deputy Ronald Anderson. His latest appearance in the news columns concerns ...

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Motel wounding case settled

Taboada v. Daily Seven, the premises liability case that greatly expanded the potential liability of hotel operators, has been settled. The case is perhaps better known for the intemperate petition for a rehearing filed by a Roanoke attorney that earned ...

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Criminal – Murder – Firearm Use – Inconsistent Verdicts (access required)

A man charged with first-degree murder and use of a firearm in the commission of murder, in the fatal shooting of his wife after a Fourth of July party, can be convicted of using a firearm “while committing or attempting ...

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New faces in JPE program

There will be some new faces in the Judicial Performance Evaluation Program, as two of the people who helped launch the program turn the reins over to new leadership. Justice Lawrence L. Koontz Jr., of the Supreme Court of Virginia, ...

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Chiropractor sues…a baby

Imagine the surprise of a man who opened the mail to find a subpoena for his 1-year-old son. That’s right, a Harrisonburg chiropractor sued a baby. The Daily News Record explains that the judge dismissed the ill-advised collections action; apparently, ...

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