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Monthly Archives: July 2009

TORT – FTCA – Discretionary Exception – Pontoon Boat Test (access required)

The government’s certification of a double-pontoon vessel to carry 25 persons does not give rise to liability under the Federal Tort Claims Act for death and injury to passengers after the vessel capsized, as the government’s “stability proof tests” come ...

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CIVIL RIGHTS – Prison Menus – Kosher Diet – RLUIPA Claim (access required)

A federal statute that protects certain religious freedoms for prison inmates, the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act, does not, when invoked as a spending clause statute, authorize a claim for money damages against an official sued in her ...

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CIVIL RIGHTS – Va. Abortion Statute – Constitutionality – Gonzales (access required)

Virginia’s “Partial Birth Infanticide” Act is not facially unconstitutional, says the en banc 4th Circuit in a case remanded from the U.S. Supreme Court. In this case, we consider whether Virginia’s “Partial Birth Infanticide” Act, Va. Code Ann. § 18.2-71.1, ...

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Criminal – Home Sentence Service Case Dismissed (access required)

Updating a case VLW reported in May, a woman who was sent back to prison by Pittsylvania County after she got the Martinsville sheriff to let her serve home incarceration has her appeal dismissed as moot by the Court of ...

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Practice Profile: Trailer Law (access required)

While mobile homes and the people who live in them often struggle for acceptability, manufactured housing remains a fertile source of work for lawyers in Virginia. The old image of the run-down “trailer” persists, according to a 2001 Virginia Tech ...

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Lawyer Could-Have-Beens (access required)

The following 10 people earned a law degree but moved into a different line of work instead of law practice: 1. Tony LaRussa Manager of the St. Louis Cardinals. Law degree from Florida State. 2. Steve Young Hall of Fame ...

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COL ALTO (access required)

When it was built in 1827, Col Alto, the mansion house of a 328-acre estate, was the only building on the east side of the Virginia Valley town of Lexington. It was a piece of property that was owned for ...

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