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Criminal – Habeas Corpus – Exculpatory Information – Ineffective Assistance (access required)

The 4th Circuit rejects the habeas claims of John Allen Muhammad alleging nondisclosure of exculpatory information by the prosecution, ineffective assistance of his trial counsel, improper exclusion of expert testimony during his sentencing phase, and improper time and page restrictions ...

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‘Spaghetti and green beans’ is menu for sheriff’s trial

The federal government’s case against former Page County Sheriff Danny Presgraves is a “hodgepodge of charges thrown together,” according to his lawyers, who compare the case to a school cafeteria that serves green beans with spaghetti — “They don’t go ...

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Mayor proposes law school in Roanoke

Roanoke Mayor David Bowers used a state of the city address today to float a proposal for a law school in the Star City. “Lynchburg has a law school. Greensboro has a law school. Grundy has a law school, and ...

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County admits missteps over group homes

Wythe County officials have promised to issue public apologies and reform handling of housing matters in order to settle a civil lawsuit filed by the state attorney general. When a group home for up to eight children with mental disabilities ...

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Drug courts among McDonnell crime proposals

Republican gubernatorial candidate Bob McDonnell offered a package of law enforcement proposals yesterday. The proposals are part of his public safety platform, reports The Virginian-Pilot. McDonnell’s plan inlcudes mandatory sentences for habitual drug dealers, lifetime monitoring for certain sex offenders ...

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Sunset for Melendez fix?

Legislators continue to hammer out language for their anticipated fix of prosecutors’ proof problems in light of the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Melendez-Diaz v. Massachusetts. That June 25 decision put in doubt the system Virginia uses to have laboratory ...

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Sunset for Melendez fix?

Legislators continue to hammer out language for their anticipated fix of prosecutors’ proof problems in light of the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Melendez-Diaz v. Massachusetts. That June 25 decision put in doubt the system Virginia uses to have laboratory ...

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King found guilty in Matko slaying

A Chesterfield County jury returned guilty verdicts this afternoon against 18-year-old Detavis King in the drug-related shooting death of 16-year-old Ryan Matko nearly two years ago.  King was found guilty of both first-degree murder and using a firearm in the ...

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Coal permit too lax on mercury, judge rules

Richmond Circuit Judge Margaret Spencer gave environmentalists a victory by invalidating a permit for a major coal-fired power plant in Southwest Virginia. In yesterday’s ruling, Judge Spencer said that the state Air Pollution Control Board erred in issuing the permit ...

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