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Monthly Archives: September 2009

State asks feds to help cover unemployment (access required)

Virginia is seeking a federal loan to help cover unemployment benefits and will increase taxes on businesses next year to replenish the fund that supports people who lose their jobs. Gov. Tim Kaine last week requested $252 million to help ...

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Poll results show McDonnell ahead (access required)

Republican Bob McDonnell is slightly ahead of Democratic state Sen. Creigh Deeds in the governor’s race with President Barack Obama’s job approval mark below 50 percent in Virginia, according to a poll released last week. McDonnell was the choice of ...

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Criminal – Habeas Corpus – Ineffective Assistance – Right To Silence (access required)

A murder suspect invoked his right to counsel when he told police “I’ve decided not to say any more,” and because police continued questioning him without a waiver of his Miranda rights, defense counsel should have moved to suppress the ...

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Securities – Fraud – E-Mail Stock Tip – Investor Newsletter (access required)

Pirate Investor, a Maryland LLC that publishes investment newsletters and subscriber e-mail “Blasts,” violated federal securities laws when it sold an e-mail stock tip purportedly based on conversations with a company’s inside senior executive, and the 4th Circuit affirms a ...

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Muhammad execution set for November (access required)

A Virginia judge has set a Nov. 10 execution date for John Allen Muhammad, mastermind of the 2002 sniper attacks in the Washington area that left 10 dead. The attorney general’s office last week requested that the execution be on ...

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School boards control admittance of sex offenders

The Virginia Constitution gives school boards the final say on the circumstances under which a sexually violent predator can be admitted to school property, the Supreme Court of Virginia ruled today. The offender had served a prison sentence and completed ...

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Chris Brown’s other legal issues

Singer Chris Brown is in the news again and no, it’s not for wielding a weed-whacker while wearing a wife-beater. A Richmond federal judge has dismissed a tortious interference suit filed by the management company that signed Brown as a ...

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Sister liable as cotenant in family farm fight

A dissenting sibling in a dispute over the disposition of a family farm must share in the costs of a subdivision plan when the plan helped to increase the value of the property, the Supreme Court of Virginia holds. As ...

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