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Monthly Archives: December 2008

Commission: Lawyers needed to give notice on DNA evidence (access required)

The Virginia State Crime Commission is suggesting allowing lawyers to help notify felons whose case files contain newly discovered but decades-old DNA evidence that could exonerate them. Virginia’s one-of-a-kind DNA testing project began in 2005 when case files from 1973 ...

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Judge won’t order election officials to count late ballots (access required)

A federal judge said last week that he probably won’t order Virginia election officials to count late absentee ballots from overseas military personnel but wants a solution before the next election. U.S. District Judge Richard L. Williams ordered the State ...

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Muldoon challenges Bolling for Lt. Gov. nomination (access required)

Patrick Muldoon, a Northern Virginia patent attorney who grew up in Giles County, already has lost two races for Congress and one for commonwealth’s attorney. Perhaps that’s why his announcement that he will challenge incumbent Bill Bolling for the Republican ...

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Bars set schedules for appeals court interviews (access required)

The Virginia Women Attorneys Association and the Old Dominion Bar Association will interview candidates for a Virginia Court of Appeals vacancy on Jan. 7 in conjunction with interviews by the Virginia State Bar. The ODBA requests that candidates submit a ...

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Teen gets punitives from drunken driver – $280,764.98 Verdict (access required)

Plaintiff, a 16-year-old female high school student, was driving home when her vehicle was hit head on by the defendant’s vehicle, which had traveled 495 feet through the median and then into oncoming traffic. Defendant’s blood alcohol content was 0.32 ...

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Domestic Relations – Custody – School Choice (access required)

In this appeal of a JDR court order, a Roanoke County Circuit Court holds that the JDR order permanently changing custody is void ab initio. The argument between the parents dealt with whether the child should be enrolled in the ...

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Employment – Grievance – DOC Employee – Involuntary Resignation (access required)

Under a test used by the 4th Circuit for constructive discharge, a Sussex County Circuit Court holds that a state prison watch commander who thought he was demoted and subjected to harassment because he had reported a captain for sending ...

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Negligence – Drunken Driving – Leaving Scene (access required)

A plaintiff injured by an alleged drunken driver who woke up as a deputy was directing traffic around his car, drove off fast and struck another vehicle with a family of four, cannot sue the deputy for negligence, a Bedford ...

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