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Hassell to discuss cross burning

Virginia Supreme Court Chief Justice Leroy Hassell will address the free speech implications of the state’s cross burning statute today at U.Va.. According to the Daily Progress, Hassell will give the presentation at 5 p.m. in the University of Virginia ...

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Former lobbyist is leading candidate for U.S. attorney

Former corporate lobbyist Neil MacBride is among the top contenders for the U.S. attorney post in the Eastern District. The Washington Post reports that MacBride is up against at least six other candidates. They include: Dwight C. Holton, a 12-year ...

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Immigration – Naturalization Application – Agency Denial

A Norfolk U.S. District Court overturns an agency denial of a Pakistani citizen’s application for naturalization; the applicant’s deferred disposition on an old alien smuggling charge did not show he lacked “good moral character.” Iqbal v. Bryson (USDC-ED) (VLW 009-3-074) ...

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Portsmouth settles firefighter discrimination lawsuit

The city of Portsmouth has settled with the Justice Department in a lawsuit that claimed a written exam discriminated against African-American firefighter applicants. According to the Justice Department, as of Oct. 7, 2008, Portsmouth employed about 226 firefighters. Just over ...

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Election day clothing charge dropped

Madison County Commonwealth’s Attorney George Webb III has decided not to prosecute a woman for wearing a McCain T-shirt to the polls during last November’s election. The American Civil Liberties Union had taken on the case, appointing four lawyers to ...

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‘Open file’ policy prompts new look

A new prosecutor’s “open file” policy opened the door to a new trial for a man convicted of a sex offense. Michael Thorsen Youssef was convicted in 2006 of two offenses, based on a woman’s accusations that he forced himself ...

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Court considers freedom to post anonymously

Free speech advocates are urging an Illinois court to protect the anonymity of people who post comments on Web publications. The case, which has now reached the Illinois appellate court, stemmed from comments left on a local newspaper Web site, ...

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Employment Discrimination – Equal Pay Act – Resort Manager Retirement

A Harrisonburg U.S. District Court accepts a female former ski resort manager’s Equal Pay Act comparison of her pay to the aggregate pay of her three male successors when her general manager job was divided up at her retirement, but ...

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Hearing to be set for Gloucester attorney fees

The judge in the Gloucester recall petition case says he will give the petitioners another hearing on who has to pay the $80,000 attorney fee award he ordered. The case has become a lightning rod for citizen activists and free ...

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