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Monthly Archives: September 2009

Criminal – National Park – Loaded Weapon – Heller Challenge (access required)

Although a regulation governing possession of a loaded firearm in a national park was amended and was more lenient after defendant’s alleged offense, he was not entitled to automatic application of the more lenient standard; the Alexandria U.S. District Court ...

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Intellectual Property – Qui Tam Action – False Patent Markings (access required)

Defendant Solo Cup Company wins summary judgment in this qui tam action filed pro se by a patent lawyer who alleges Solo violated the False Claims Act by falsely marking several products with expired patent numbers and improperly marking other ...

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Environmental – Clean Air Act – Emissions Standards – Allowance Trading (access required)

A coal-fired power plant in Alexandria, Va., has no standing to challenge the EPA’s approval of Virginia’s Clean Air Interstate Rule State Implementation Plan, because the plant’s alleged injury – interference with the plant’s ability to meet state compliance obligations ...

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Search & Seizure – Anticipatory Warrant – Good Faith Exception (access required)

Although the address for a FedEx delivery of an eight-pound package of marijuana changed slightly, the good faith exception covered any alleged defects in issuance of a search warrant upon delivery of the package, the 4th Circuit says. Defendant contends ...

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Civil Rights – Class Certification – Seizure – Equal Protection (access required)

In this suit filed by a young black male who contends he was unfairly targeted when defendant city investigated reports of a serial rapist in the Charlottesville area, allegedly with police requests for DNA samples from black males, the 4th ...

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Venue change granted for jailbreak trial

Montgomery County Circuit Judge Ray Grubbs has agreed to move another Morva trial. Michael Morva is accused of helping his brother, William, plan an escape from the Montgomery County jail in an 2006 incident that left both a county deputy ...

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Venue change granted for jailbreak trial

Montgomery County Circuit Judge Ray Grubbs has agreed to move another Morva trial. Michael Morva is accused of helping his brother, William, plan an escape from the Montgomery County jail in an 2006 incident that left both a county deputy ...

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The VLW Quick 10: Judges’ Nicknames (access required)

Nicknames that sounded good when you were 15 may not work as well when you’re 25 and may well be used by only your oldest and closest friends when other folks more often address you as, “Your honor.” Match this ...

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Prison officials work on stopping inmate cell calls

Officials from Virginia attended a Maryland session yesterday to test devices designed to find illegal cellphones used by prison inmates. Most of the technology tested doesn’t jam cellphone signals, which is prohibited by federal law. However, legislation that would allow ...

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