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Judge rejects La. congressman’s influence-peddling argument (access required)

ALEXANDRIA—A federal judge has refused to toss out a bribery indictment against a Louisiana congressman who argued that his alleged misdeeds were technically more akin to influence peddling than bribery. In an order made public Tuesday, U.S. District Judge T.S. ...

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Criminal – Sodomy Of Child – Herpes Infection (access required)

There was sufficient evidence to convict the 19-year-old defendant of sodomy of a child for having oral sex with a 12-year-old girl, a family friend who considered herself his girlfriend, who apparently contracted genital herpes as a result of the ...

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Criminal – Brandishing Firearm – Assault – Double Jeopardy (access required)

A defendant’s conviction of both assault and brandishing a firearm does not violate the Double Jeopardy Clause, the Court of Appeals holds, because the convictions arose from two separate and discrete criminal acts. The Supreme Court of Virginia addressed this ...

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Virginia has first execution in nearly two years (access required)

JARRATT—Lawrence Vaughan didn’t get to see his wife’s funeral. But after nearly 10 years, he was able to see her killer take his last breaths. Vaughan and his family watched last week as Kevin Green, 31, was executed by lethal ...

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Elfenbein is new VSB rep from Arlington (access required)

Adam D. Elfenbein, a sole practitioner in Arlington, has been elected as a representative of the 17th Circuit on the Virginia State Bar Council. Elfenbein replaces Mark D. Seidelson, who resigned March 22 because he no longer lives or practices ...

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Domestic Relations – Termination Of Parental Rights – Appeals (access required)

A father did not raise in the trial court his claims that his neglect did not cause removal of the child from his home and that he was not offered appropriate remedial services, and the termination of the father’s parental ...

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Reed Smith honored by Fairfax County schools (access required)

FALLS CHURCH—Reed Smith LLP has been named by the Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) as its “2007-08 Partner of the Year,” for the firm’s public service on behalf of Graham Road Elementary School. According to FCPS, Reed Smith was honored ...

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Search & Seizure – Home Entry – Consent – Elder Abuse (access required)

The Court of Appeals holds a defendant cannot suppress evidence of his abuse and neglect of his ill and elderly mother by arguing that a police officer had no right to enter his home to check on the woman’s welfare ...

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Domestic Relations – Appeals – Rule 5A:18 (access required)

A wife cannot rely on her statement of facts’ reference to two objections, or her endorsement of the trial court order as “Seen and Objected To,” to preserve her claims on appeal, and the Court of Appeals affirms the decision ...

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Domestic Relations – Spousal Support – Imputed Income (access required)

Although wife, a registered nurse, argued the parties had agreed during the marriage that husband would provide for the family financially and wife would stay home with the kids, she did not provide sufficient information about her obligations, needs and ...

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