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Finding a storybook end for drug-dog tales (access required)

When the cops have called out the drug dogs, a lawyer’s choice of defense can make all the difference, as demonstrated by two recent Virginia Beach cases involving K-9 collars. The circumstances of the charges again Gloria Jean Ellis and ...

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Protecting client assets when a bank fails (access required)

Did you see any law firm managing partners among the nervous depositors in line at IndyMac bank on July 11? After U.S. Senator Charles Schumer publicly mused about what would happen if IndyMac depositors suddenly pulled their deposits, spooked customers ...

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Tourists still going to Outer Banks despite gasoline prices (access required)

MANTEO, N.C.—More people visited the Outer Banks in June than a year ago despite soaring gasoline prices and other impediments to tourism, The Virginian-Pilot reported last week. The Outer Banks this year also have suffered from drifting smoke from two ...

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Portsmouth sues cable provider over failure to build studio (access required)

PORTSMOUTH—The City of Ports-mouth has filed a legal complaint claiming Cox Communications violated terms of its cable franchise there by not maintaining a studio for “local public, educational and governmental programming.’’ Cox spokeswoman Leigh Ann Woisard says a studio always ...

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Child molester seeks clemency based on victim’s recantation (access required)

ROANOKE—A convicted child molester whose accuser has recanted her testimony is asking Governor Tim Kaine for clemency. Aleck Carpitcher filed a clemency petition Tuesday. In 1999, a Roanoke County jury convicted Carpitcher of five sex crimes after his girlfriend’s 11-year-old ...

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Va. senators ask for temporary waiver of ethanol mandate (access required)

Virginia’s two U.S. senators are asking the government to ease off the federal ethanol mandate to help the state’s poultry, dairy and cattle industries. The farming community has complained that too much of the nation’s corn crop is being diverted ...

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Guatemalan sentenced for transporting illegal aliens (access required)

ROANOKE—A Guatemalan native who admitted transporting illegal immigrants up Interstate 81 has been sentenced to 21 months in federal prison. Pedro Antonio Mateo was sentenced last week in U.S. District Court in Roanoke. He pleaded guilty in May. In April, ...

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Federal inmate charged in alleged Holocaust scam (access required)

The government says an inmate at the Federal Correctional Institute in Petersburg has been charged with running an elaborate scheme to cash in bank accounts intended for the families of Holocaust victims. The accused, 49-year-old John Kenneth Leighnor Jr., was ...

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VSB Disciplinary Actions (access required)

On July 24, 2008, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board summarily suspended the Virginia law license of Richard A. Counts of Johnson City, Tenn. The suspension was based on a decision by the Supreme Court of Tennessee on April 7, ...

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