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DNA notification training dates set

The Virginia State Bar has posted a schedule of training sessions for lawyers planning to help in a pro bono effort to notify convicts about the discovery of DNA evidence related to their charges. The first session is Wednesday, Sept. ...

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Legislature approves Melendez-Diaz fix

Legislative conferees wrangled for much of the afternoon today before finally agreeing on a legislative response to Melendez-Diaz v. Massachusetts. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled, 5-4, in that case in June that prosecutors generally must present the analyst who prepared ...

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Cho’s mental records released

Virginia Tech has released the mental health records of Seung-Hui Cho with the permission of the killer’s estate and his family.  Cho was evaluated in December 2005 after indicating he was considering suicide, a comment he dismissed as “a joke.” ...

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Cho’s mental records released

Virginia Tech has released the mental health records of Seung-Hui Cho with the permission of the killer’s estate and his family.  Cho was evaluated in December 2005 after indicating he was considering suicide, a comment he dismissed as “a joke.” ...

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Discovery documents released in Tech shooting cases

Interrogatory answers from the clinical psychologist who accidentally removed Seung-Hui Cho’s mental health records from the Virginia Tech counseling center have been released by his attorney. The discovery information from Robert Miller is posted online by The Roanoke Times .  ...

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Senate Committee approves Melendez response

The Senate Courts of Justice Committee produced legislation, Senate Bill 5003, this afternoon that its members hope will provide at least an interim response to Melendez-Diaz v. Massachusetts. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled, 5-4, in Melendez that prosecutors generally must ...

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More state budget cuts coming

The Associated Press is reporting that legislators expect Gov. Kaine to announce an additional $1.3 billion in budget cuts tomorrow. According to the AP’s sources, Kaine heard from state economists and other experts who are doubtful that a recovery from ...

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ACLU will defend blogger

A blogger arrested for posting a police officer’s address will get some help from the ACLU of Virginia. The group says it will defend Elisha Strom, a Bedford County woman who is charged under a state law that makes it ...

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VLW Quick 10: Closing Arguments in the Movies (access required)

Litigators say that trying a case means telling a story. Lots of lawyer movies follow a narrative arc up to a climactic closing argument. Some of the summations in this list of flicks caused fireworks, some landed with a thud. ...

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