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Williams retires from 4th Circuit

Karen J. Williams, the chief judge of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, has retired because of illness, according to The Times and Democrat in Orangeburg, S.C. The paper reports that Williams, 57, notified the White House of her ...

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For those looking to expand their vocabulary…

Not sure what to do on your next staycation? You could try the latest acai diet with a frenemy. Or put on some reggaeton and update your vlog. Maybe watch the latest Webisode on green-collar workers’ efforts to reduce their ...

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Deeds vs. McDonnell takes to Twitter

The candidates for governor of Virginia aren’t shy about Twittering, Facebooking, texting and YouTubing their message to the cell phones, computers and PDAs of potential voters, reports the Washington Times. Social media played a prominent role in the 2008 presidential ...

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Contract – Former Client Contacts Not Barred (access required)

After weighing an investment firm’s affidavits with second-hand accounts alleging that two former employees breached nonsolicitation agreements by contacting clients when they changed firms, a Norfolk U.S. District Court denies a preliminary injunction to the firm pending arbitration of the ...

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Criminal – No Habeas for Defense Lawyer’s Double Duty (access required)

A death-row defendant did not show prejudice from his trial lawyer’s concurrent representation of the sheriff in an EEOC matter, and the 4th Circuit denies habeas relief, holding on an issue of first impression that a state post-conviction court’s alternative ...

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Civil Rights – Qualified Immunity in Missing Teen Case (access required)

An officer who made a night-time entry into a darkened house, trailed by a man looking for his stepdaughter, has immunity from a damage suit filed by the startled homeowners, the 4th Circuit says in an analysis that distinguishes between ...

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Lack of actual innocence no bar to expungement – Expungement granted (access required)

Petitioner obtained expungement, over the Commonwealth’s objection, of his juvenile criminal record despite not having been “actually innocent.” As a juvenile, petitioner had been charged with assault upon a family member and destruction of property, with evidence of uncharged marijuana ...

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