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Monthly Archives: July 2008

Two charged in alleged scheme to defraud real estate investors (access required)

A Richmond woman and a Miami man have been charged with defrauding investors of $132 million in a scheme in which they allegedly misappropriated money they were supposed to be holding for the owners of investment property. Lara Coleman and ...

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Vessels in James River Reserve Fleet to be sold (access required)

FORT EUSTIS—They may be obsolete, but two vessels from the James River Reserve Fleet are bringing in record prices from salvage companies. The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration says two vessels from the fleet have been sold for more ...

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Al-Marri can challenge his accusers, 4th Circuit says (access required)

The Bush administration has not given the only enemy combatant held on U.S. soil an adequate opportunity to challenge his detention, a closely divided federal appeals court ruled Tuesday. In a 5-4 ruling, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ...

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Tort – Defamation – Emotional Distress – Anthrax Accusation (access required)

A government research scientist has not shown “actual malice” by defendant New York Times, or emotional distress under Virginia law, resulting from a series of NYT columns that complained about the FBI’s alleged lack of urgency in investigating plaintiff scientist ...

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Two Bon Secours hospitals join forces this month (access required)

The Bon Secours hospitals in Richmond and Hampton Roads are integrating their operations, joining together to form one of the largest health systems in Virginia. Peter Bernard, CEO of Bon Secours Richmond, assumed leadership of the new entity, to be ...

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Criminal – Lethal Injection – Va. Protocol – Eighth Amendment (access required)

The 4th Circuit upholds Virginia’s method of lethal injection against a death-row inmate’s claim that the three-chemical procedure violates his Eighth Amendment protection against cruel and unusual punishment. Like most other states that have moved away from electrocution and towards ...

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4th Circuit rules against man in anthrax lawsuit (access required)

A federal appeals court has ruled against a former Army scientist who sued The New York Times over columns linking him to the deadly 2001 anthrax attacks. A three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said last ...

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Williams Mullen may move to downtown building (access required)

Williams Mullen, Virginia’s third largest law firm, would be the lead tenant in a 15-story office building proposed for downtown Richmond. The $60 million project would be built between Ninth and 10th Streets south of Canal Street between One James ...

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Civil Procedure – Jurisdiction – Burford Abstention (access required)

The 4th Circuit upholds a North Carolina federal district court’s abstention in this lawsuit filed by a car dealer who claimed he spent more than $2 million to develop a site for a new auto park before the town rezoned ...

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Civil Rights – Supervised Release Condition – Antipsychotic Drug – Involuntary Dosage (access required)

A federal court can require a man on supervised release from drug and weapons convictions, previously diagnosed with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, to submit to injections of anti-psychotic drugs as a special condition of release, the 4th Circuit holds. During ...

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