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Criminal – ‘Other Crimes Evidence’ – Fraud – Murder (access required)

In prosecuting a woman with a gambling habit accused of defrauding numerous victims, including an elderly widower whose body turned up in the woods near Loudoun, Va., with signs of foul play, the government can use “other crimes” evidence based ...

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VSB Disciplinary Actions (access required)

On Aug. 6, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board revoked the law license of Gerard R. Marks of Christiansburg. According to the VSB, Marks admitted that he accepted client money without performing the work for which he was hired, that ...

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Lunchin’ with the judge

We note with interest that Roanokers soon will enjoy a new downtown dining option with a legal theme. According to this item in The Roanoke Times, “Judges Chambers,” a breakfast and lunch place, will be opening within walking distance of ...

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Lunchin’ with the judge

We note with interest that Roanokers soon will enjoy a new downtown dining option with a legal theme. According to this item in The Roanoke Times, “Judges Chambers,” a breakfast and lunch place, will be opening within walking distance of ...

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Verdict inadequate, Supreme Court finds

The Supreme Court of Virginia apparently believes it has said all that needs to be in Virginia Reports about inadequate verdicts. It issued an unpublished order today affirming an award of a new trial for a woman who said she ...

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Employment Discrimination – Age – Stray Comments

A Charlottesville U.S. District Court says a 55-year-old engineer and corporate officer, who was replaced by a 45-year-old vice president of operations and who claims he was fired because of age discrimination, has failed to state a claim under the ...

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Broken jaw fails to sideline AG

Virginia Attorney General Bob McDonnell has more to worry about these days than whether Barack Obama will sidetrack his gubernatorial ambitions. The state’s top lawyer is recovering from a broken jaw suffered in a New Orleans basketball game with his ...

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Employment – ERISA – Long-Term Disability – Conflict Of Interest

Citing a new ERISA case from the U.S. Supreme Court, a Big Stone Gap U.S. District Court reverses a carrier’s denial of long-term disability benefits to a 55-year-old coal miner who suffered from knee and shoulder impairments and depression from ...

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Watching and waiting

Political anticipation may have claimed a victim in Richmond this week. We’ll confess to being a little edgy ourselves, with all the talk about the possibility that Gov. Tim Kaine might be picked as Barack Obama’s running mate and all ...

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Criminal – Civil Forfeiture – Firearms – ‘Innocent Owner’

Although claimant’s father died before he was charged or convicted as a felon in possession of weapons, a WWII firearms collection, claimant nevertheless has failed to establish entitlement to the firearms collection as an “innocent owner,” and an Alexandria U.S. ...

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