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Melendez-Diaz case is cited in dismissal (access required)

The General Assembly and the Virginia Court of Appeals appear to be on the same page in their analysis of Melendez-Diaz v. Massachusetts. The intermediate appellate court cited Melendez-Diaz last week in reversing a drunken driving conviction but suggested that ...

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Vested rights claim for a ‘Big Box’ in Abingdon fails (access required)

A ruling by a Washington County circuit judge reinforces the high hurdle faced by property owners claiming “vested rights” for large commercial projects under Virginia law use law. Developers who hoped to build a 184,000-square-foot Wal-Mart Supercenter in Abingdon did ...

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Cell-phone photos are not private, federal judge says (access required)

Sexy cell-phone photos may get into the wrong hands, as illustrated by the latest cautionary tale to come through federal court. A woman who sued Culpeper police officers for their unauthorized viewing and dissemination of her nude pictures on a ...

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Successful mediation: Much more than a settlement (access required)

Parties to a conflict or dispute must achieve some degree of interrelating as a prerequisite to reaching a successful and satisfying self-resolution of their conflict. This is true with respect to all conflicts, but especially where there is or was ...

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Exploring Google’s niche search engines

Google is well known as the go-to search engine for almost anything on the Web. But behind its simple interface lies a wealth of hidden gems: a picture sharing community, a blogging platform, an e-mail server, a brand new Internet ...

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High court won’t take immunity case (access required)

The Supreme Court of Virginia won’t review a charitable immunity case from Prince William County. The parents of a mentally retarded 25-year-old son with cerebral palsy contended that employees of Didlake Inc. were negligent in breaking their son’s leg. Didlake ...

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Elections Board rules to settle student residency issue (access required)

New voter residency rules approved by the State Board of Elections are aimed at settling an election season issue that often involves college students. The rules approved last month would allow college students to register to vote at their campus ...

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Mathews reelected head of ABA Endowment (access required)

Richmond lawyer Roderick B. Mathews has been reelected president of the American Bar Endowment, a charitable affiliate of the American Bar Association. The endowment funds more that 200 law-related public service, education and research programs. Mathews has served as president ...

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Chesterfield Clerk Worthington recognized for tech projects (access required)

The National Association of Counties has recognized Chesterfield County Circuit Court Clerk Judy L. Worthington for two technology projects by her office. One is the unique design of the office’s secure remote-access system for land records. It provides historical data ...

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State should have enough swine flu vaccine, eventually (access required)

ALEXANDRIA—The first batch of swine flu vaccine isn’t expected to include enough doses for every Virginian who wants one, but state officials said last week that they plan to have an adequate supply of the shots within two months of ...

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