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Monthly Archives: July 2009

Hassell: Judicial evaluation program is dead

ABINGDON–Virginia Chief Justice Leroy Rountree Hassell Sr., speaking at a “town hall” meeting in Southwest Virginia, pronounced an obituary for the state’s controversial judicial performance evaluation program. “It’s dead – that’s about the nicest way I can say it,” Hassell ...

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Real Estate – Table Applied to Cap Lawyer Fees (access required)

In awarding fees in a commercial lease case, an Alexandria U.S. District Court applies a fee table from a 2008 4th Circuit case and caps an associate’s fees at $200, not $265, per hour, and awards a total of $31,058 ...

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Hung jury leads to mistrial in murder case

The jury deadlocked in an Albemarle County trial involving a killing 21 years ago. In 1988, Roger Lee Shifflett was robbed and shot to death at the convenience store he owned and operated, reports The Daily Progress. Less than a month ...

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Federal help sought for D-Day Memorial

Supporters of the Bedford County National D-Day Memorial are being asked to push to make the site a U.S. monument. The memorial, which opened eight years ago, honors the heavy loss of casualties among Bedford soldiers who landed at Omaha ...

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Search & Seizure – Car Search in Impound Lot Upheld (access required)

Nice try, but no cigar, said an Alexandria U.S. District Court to a defendant who argued that Arizona v. Gant’s reasoning applied to undermine application of the automobile exception to a search that yielded a gun. U.S. v. Arriaza (VLW ...

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Civil Rights – Disabled Student’s Fee Award Upheld (access required)

Because a school board’s settlement offer to an autistic student’s parents explicitly referred to a confidential mediation, in violation of the IDEA, the 4th Circuit says the district court properly refused to consider the offer as evidence and properly granted ...

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Speaking from the sole

We couldn’t make this up: a Florida judge had to rule on a request from a plaintiff’s lawyer to make the defense lawyer wear better shoes at a jury trial. According to the plaintiff’s “motion to compel defense counsel to ...

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