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Monthly Archives: April 2009

Intellectual Property – Student Papers – Plagiarism Web Site (access required)

A proprietary Web site, “Turnitin,” used by schools to screen student papers for plagiarism, does not violate federal copyright law by digitally archiving papers turned in by students, and the 4th Circuit affirms summary judgment for defendant company under the ...

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Criminal – Habeas Corpus – Va. Death-Row Inmate – COA (access required)

The 4th Circuit affirms denial of a writ of habeas corpus to a Virginia death-row inmate who raped or attempted to rape, and murdered a young woman, and raped, stabbed and strangled her younger sister, who survived the ordeal. Paul ...

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Administrative – Gun Control Act – Firearms Dealer – License Revocation (access required)

On substantial evidence that a gun dealer willfully committed hundreds of violations of federal firearms regulations, after a history of previous violations, the 4th Circuit upholds revocation of a dealer’s license by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives. ...

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Feds say nurse’s aide stole identities from nursing home residents

A Lynchburg nurse’s aide faces 18 counts of aggravated identity theft in a federal indictment handed down yesterday. Karen Priscilla Jones, 48, is accused of using personal information from residents at nursing homes where she worked to obtain more than ...

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Employment – Noncompete – Proprietary Information – Accounting Software

In this dispute between Deltek Inc. and three former employees who allegedly formed a competing company, Iuovo, an Alexandria U.S. District Court issues a preliminary injunction to stop defendants from using Deltek’s trademarked name in its Web site promotions, but ...

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Congressman predicts Internet privacy law

Rep. Rick Boucher, D-9th, tells Wired that some form of Internet privacy legislation is likely to emerge from his high-tech subcommittee. Thursday’s hearing will key in on privacy issues surrounding Internet service providers who keep tabs on the data they ...

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Driver’s status suppressed

A driver’s answer to an officer’s “incidental” question in a convenience store parking lot can’t come into evidence, a Roanoke City Circuit Court says. In Commonwealth v. Fuller, a uniformed, shield-wielding officer pulled his patrol car up beside Lloyd Jasper ...

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Federal jury acquits license clerk

A federal jury in Harrisonburg returned a not guilty verdict for an Ohio license clerk accused of being part of a fraudulent ID ring for illegal immigrants.  Seven other defendants charged in the scheme pleaded guilty, but Nekeia Mack-Fuller claimed ...

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Negligence – Airport Wheelchair Request – Air Carriers Access Act

A woman who bought an airline ticket for her mother with some assurance of wheelchair assistance at the airport, can sue the airline for negligence for her mother’s injuries from a fall at the Richmond airport when she was “abandoned” ...

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