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Update on Judge Finch of Fairfax

Fairfax Circuit Judge Gaylord L. Finch Jr. wasn’t included on the list of judges to be reelected by the General Assembly on Jan. 22. The Northern Virginia delegation asked the House and Senate Courts committees to hold back certification, pending ...

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Comp commission changes briefing schedule

The Workers’ Compensation Commission has decided to extend the time allowed to file appellate written statements with the commission, from 15 days for appellant, with 10 more for appellee, to 30 days and an additional 15 days. Litigants routinely request ...

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Criminal – Batson Challenge – Family & Drugs

The Court of Appeals reverses a cocaine conviction because the prosecutor did not explain strikes of African-American jurors, but not Caucasian jurors, whose family members had faced drug charges. Hopkins v. Commonwealth (Va.Ct.App.) (VLW 009-7-069) (6 pp.)

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Judge Sullenberger dies

Lloyd Coleman Sullenberger of Orange, former judge of the 16th Circuit, passed away Wednesday. He was 68. Judge Sullenberger was a graduate of the University of Virginia, according to his obituary in The News Leader. He served in the U.S. ...

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FBI serves missing financier in Fredericksburg

Texas financier Allen Stanford, accused in an $8 billion fraud case, was located and served with civil papers in Fredericksburg yesterday. Stanford is accused of perpetrating one of the nation’s largest-ever financial frauds, reports The Washington Times. He was ordered ...

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Times, lobbyist settle libel suit

The lobbyist who contended that The New York Times libeled her by accusing her of an affair with Sen. John McCain has settled her suit against the newspaper. No money changed hands, but attorneys for Vicki Iseman contend that she ...

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Link not missing, just awkward

When we link to other internet sites on this blog, or on the main VLW Web site, we generally embed the address of the site into the text.  That underlines the text and makes it a “hyperlink,”  the commonly recognized ...

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Criminal – ‘Burglarious Tool’ – Empty Purse

Although a woman admitted she emptied her large purse in order to stuff it with shoplifted merchandise, the purse nevertheless was not a “burglarious tool” and her conviction under Va. Code § 18.2-94 is reversed by the en banc Court ...

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