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Monthly Archives: January 2009

Intellectual Property – Counterfeit Labels – Computer Program (access required)

In a case of apparent first impression for an Alexandria U.S. District Court, the court holds that a computer program seller who admitted he printed his own computer program labels that appeared to be genuine Microsoft labels, “knowingly” violated 18 ...

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Twenty-two charged as part of illegal immigrant labor ring (access required)

NORFOLK—Twenty-two people are charged in an alleged conspiracy to supply Norfolk-area hotels and restaurants with illegal immigrant labor. The indictment was unsealed Tuesday in U.S. District Court. Most of the suspects were promptly arrested and made their initial court appearances. ...

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Crime commission deadlocks on whether to back gun show bill (access required)

The state crime commission deadlocked last week on whether to support a bill that would force unlicensed sellers to do background checks on people who buy firearms at gun shows, drawing criticism from the loved ones of those killed at ...

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Criminal – Habeas Corpus – Plea Bargain – Booker Claim (access required)

A defendant who pleaded guilty to heroin conspiracy in 2004 knowingly and voluntarily waived his right to a direct appeal, and the 4th Circuit says he can’t escape the consequences of that plea by re-raising on collateral review a claim ...

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Immigration – BIA – Power To Reopen – Abuse Of Discretion (access required)

The Board of Immigration Appeals did not abuse its discretion in declining to reopen the case of this native of Sierra Leone who filed her petition more than 11 years after the order granting her voluntary departure; the 4th Circuit ...

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Tax collections down, general fund is short (access required)

State tax collections for December continued to slide, falling 2.6 percent from December 2007 and leaving the state general fund 3.5 percent short of where it was midway through last year’s budget. Gripped by the worst recession in decades, revenues ...

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Salem manufacturer pleads guilty to charge of dumping bleach (access required)

ROANOKE—A Salem cleaning products manufacturer has pleaded guilty to a federal charge related to the dumping of bleach into a regional sewer system. KIK Virginia’s general manager, Michael Peterson, entered the company’s plea Tuesday to a misdemeanor charge of negligently ...

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U.S. high court won’t take Fredericksburg council case (access required)

WASHINGTON—The U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear an appeal by a Fredericksburg City Council member who was barred from invoking Jesus at council meetings. The court declined last week to hear the case of the Rev. Hashmel Turner, who claimed ...

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Norfolk-Portsmouth Bar to host forum on ‘Rule of Law’ Jan. 28 (access required)

The Norfolk & Portsmouth Bar Association will sponsor a community forum on Jan. 28 on “The Triumph of the Rule of Law Over Massive Resistance.” The forum, moderated by Juan Wil-liams, the biographer of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall ...

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