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Just who is GINA?

GINA actually isn’t a who, it’s a what. As in the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act, a new law signed by President Bush yesterday. As discrimination laws go, it’s a first: it’s an anticipatory law that forbids something before it starts ...

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Griffith starts work at Beach prosecutor’s office

Norfolk Circuit Judge Chuck Griffith lost his job this spring when the General Assembly declined to give him a second eight-year term on the bench. But he didn’t stay out of work long. In fact, the day after his term ...

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Administrative – Pier Reconstruction – Post-Construction Permit

A Norfolk Circuit Court had no authority to order dismantling of an upper-deck bar on a Norfolk fishing pier restaurant, the Court of Appeals holds; the appellate court OK’d an after-the-fact pier permit issued by the Virginia Marine Resources Commission ...

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Judge avoids DUI conviction

Pleading guilty to reckless driving and refusing a breath test, J&D Judge Michael Blankenship of Wytheville will not face a charge of driving under the influence. But Blankenship still has a hit-and-run charge from a separate incident, and he has ...

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Agee is confirmed

The full US Senate has confirmed the nomination of Virginia Supreme Court Justice  Steven Agee to the 4th US Circuit Court of Appeals. Senate Judiciary Chair Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) has this news release. The Roanoke Times has additional perspective.

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Brownlee jumps in

Hardly out the door of his office as Western Virginia’s federal prosecutor, John Brownlee is now officially in the race for Virginia attorney general. The Roanoke Times says Brownlee is styling himself “Virginia’s conservative prosecutor.” He faces patent lawyer and ...

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Search & Seizure – Consensual Encounter – Reasonable Suspicion – ‘High-Crime’ Area

A detailed examination of a detective’s encounter with a defendant in a high-crime neighborhood known for drugs and guns, showing the detective’s increasing suspicions about what defendant had in his pocket, provided reasonable suspicion for the detective to seize defendant ...

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