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Monthly Archives: March 2009

Legal Aid numbers on the rise

Demand for legal help is up at the Legal Aid office in Winchester. The Winchester Star reports that, due to the financial crisis, lawyers at the Blue Ridge Legal Services’ Winchester branch are having trouble keeping up with the demand ...

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Civil Procedure – Personal Jurisdiction – Telephone & E-Mail Contacts

Four phone calls and 24 e-mails do not give an Alexandria U.S. District Court personal jurisdiction over defendants, an Indian corporation and a Colorado corporation, in this suit by a Virginia corporation alleging the two defendants conspired to breach a ...

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JMU athletic cuts will stand

The U.S. Supreme Court has refused to consider a halt to JMU’s plan to make certain cuts in its athletic programs. The high court on Monday refused to consider a request from Equity in Athletics, Inc., to immediately stop James ...

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Criminal – Sentencing Guidelines – Ex Post Facto Violation

Sentencing a defendant convicted of a May 16, 2006 firearms offense under the 2008 federal sentencing guidelines would violate the Ex Post Facto Clause, a Richmond U.S. District Court says, and defendant will be sentenced under the 2005 guidelines. U.S. ...

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McGuireWoods to merge with London firm

McGuireWoods LLP will get a London presence by absorbing the 36-lawyer firm of Grundberg Mocatta Rakison LLP on May 1. “This is a great day in the history of McGuirewoods,” said McGuireWoods Chairman Richard Cullen. He said the firm has ...

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Manhunt is on for killer of two at The Homestead

A hotel employee is being sought after allegedly shooting two co-workers to death at The Homestead resort. An arrest warrant for capital murder has been issued for Beacher F. Hackney of Covington, reports The Roanoke Times. Hackney is a steward ...

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Murder suspect’s lake house burns down

A house at Smith Mountain Lake owned by a former educator accused of killing his wife has burned to the ground. Wesley Earnest, a former high school assistant principal, was charged last year with the Dec. 2007 slaying of his ...

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Hematoma causes death after partial thyroidectomy – Defense Verdict (access required)

In this wrongful death lawsuit, the parents of a 29-year-old woman alleged the defendant anesthesiologist committed malpractice and caused their daughter’s death. Their daughter developed a neck hematoma shortly after an elective partial thyroidectomy. The hematoma went undiagnosed for several ...

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