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Monthly Archives: June 2009

Constitutional – State Agency Dispute – Sovereign Immunity – Mental Health Agency – Peer Review Records (access required)

A Virginia state advocacy agency for the mentally disabled cannot sue other state officials for alleged violations of federal statutes in denying plaintiff agency access to “peer review” records related to three person who died or were injured in state ...

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Criminal – Teen Sex Videotape – High School Coach (access required)

The 4th Circuit upholds a former high-school JV football coach’s conviction under 18 U.S.C. § 2251(a) for producing a videotape of a 14-year-old girl, the team manager, having sex with defendant and with another man, after rejecting his claim that ...

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Criminal – Cockfighting – Sentencing – Supplier Conviction (access required)

A seller of cockfighting supplies arrested when federal agents shut down the Page County, Virginia “Little Boxwood cockpit” cannot be convicted under 7 U.S.C. § 2156(a) because the indictment failed to charge that he had sponsored “an animal in” an ...

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Groups declare victory

Three Virginia-based free speech groups have filed for dismissal of their federal court challenge to the Virginia Board of Elections’ ban on wearing political messages in polling places. In a joint press release, The Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection ...

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Groups declare victory

Three Virginia-based free speech groups have filed for dismissal of their federal court challenge to the Virginia Board of Elections’ ban on wearing political messages in polling places. In a joint press release, The Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection ...

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Never mind

The office of Sen. Kay Hagan, D-N.C., now says she misspoke when she said Wednesday that she had recommended three candidates to President Obama for appointment to the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Her spokesman says she’s actually discussing ...

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Never mind

The office of Sen. Kay Hagan, D-N.C., now says she misspoke when she said Wednesday that she had recommended three candidates to President Obama for appointment to the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Her spokesman says she’s actually discussing ...

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Plaintiff can ’stack’ UM/UIM

The Supreme Court of Virginia ruled yesterday that a girl badly injured in a car wreck can “stack” the uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage in her father’s auto policy, increasing the potential amount of money available for her injury. In the case, ...

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Letter to the Editor: Diversity very much a part of bar’s mission (access required)

Dear Editor: Opponents of Virginia State Bar President Manuel Capsalis’ Diversity Proposal express two concerns: (1) that the proposal will morph into affirmative action and reverse discrimination, or, (2) while its goals are laudable, promoting diversity is not part of ...

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