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Monthly Archives: November 2008

Criminal – Cocaine – School Proximity – Identification Theft (access required)

A Newport News U.S. District Judge is troubled by the expansion of “interstate commerce” to include a cocaine dealer who simply used a false identification, a crime “which is apparently small in its scale and its scope,” but the judge ...

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Wings Over Northern Virginia (access required)

Attorneys for a restaurant chain specializing in spicy Buffalo wings are searching for assets and demanding nearly $70,000 in attorneys’ fees after eight months of effort to enforce a consent order against an “obstreperous” copycat eatery. The owners of the ...

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Employment Discrimination – Title VII – Race – Gender – Police Employee (access required)

A 53-year-old white male who was responsible for ethics investigations in the City of Wilmington, N.C. police department has no Title VII claim for race and gender discrimination based on his complaint that he was disciplined because his employer was ...

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Accountant gets big ‘reward’ for blowing whistle (access required)

An accountant who spotted a $155,000 discrepancy in the books at the credit union where he worked will pocket almost that much from the recent $640,000 settlement of his state whistleblower lawsuit. Fairfax attorney Zachary A. Kitts, who represented plaintiff ...

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For the Defense: Wellman becomes chief of VADA (access required)

When Stanley P. Wellman joined the firm of Browder, Russell, Butcher & Morris in 1987, he received the type of advice one expects from a mentor, especially one who specializes in insurance coverage: work hard and pay attention to detail. ...

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Fugitive father can’t appeal custody ruling in Virginia (access required)

A father living in Spain who is a fugitive from Virginia justice forfeits his right to appeal a custody ruling involving his son. Last month, the Supreme Court of Virginia, following the lead of the Virginia Court of Appeals, adopted ...

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Amend advance directive law, says mental health panel (access required)

WILLIAMSBURG—The Commission on Mental Health Law Reform thinks a person with mental health issues should have more say over how he is treated if and when he becomes incapable of directing his own mental health treatment. The commission is backing ...

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Criminal – Habeas Corpus – Death Penalty – Brady Claim (access required)

A petitioner convicted of the rape and murder of a woman he purported to take home from a club in a friend’s car is not entitled to habeas relief on his Brady claim; the 4th Circuit says that production of ...

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Father wasn’t ‘patient’ of OB/GYN (access required)

Doctors won a double victory at the Supreme Court of Virginia in a case where a couple sued two obstetricians over the birth of twin daughters with Down syndrome. In Fruiterman v. Granata (VLW 008-6-101), the high court rejected the ...

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Jury selection: Who hurts, who helps (access required)

Trials may be on the wane but lawyers still want to know how to choose a jury. Lawyers trying to pick people who will decide for their client may review juror questionnaires and do Google searches, or hire a consultant ...

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