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Daily Archives: October 26, 2009

High court hears ineffective assistance case (access required)

WASHINGTON—Having a bad lawyer can cost you time and money. But when relying on bad legal advice results in a deportation order, does that cost you your constitutional rights? That is the question the justices of the U.S. Supreme Court ...

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Criminal – Conspiracy – Robbery – Victim Identity (access required)

The Court of Appeals upholds defendant’s conviction for attempted robbery and related crimes, despite his appellate claim that the evidence was insufficient to convict him of the crimes, in the absence of the inadmissible hearsay testimony of Rachel Morales proving ...

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This week is Pro Bono Week (access required)

This week marks the first National Celebration of Pro Bono, and it’s easy to take part in the observance if you’re near Richmond. A whole week of activities is planned by the University of Richmond’s law school both on the ...

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AG race: A preview of coming attractions? (access required)

The name of the office is attorney general, but you could almost add a subtitle: “Gubernatorial nominee in waiting.’’ Virginia’s attorney general has advanced to the top of the ticket in seven of eight elections dating back to 1981, winning ...

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Workers’ Comp – Constructive Fraud – Knee Injury (access required)

The Court of Appeals affirms a commission decision reinstating a prior award of temporary total disability benefits to a claimant who injured her knee, as the commission found insufficient proof of constructive fraud. Here, claimant did not withhold information, nor ...

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Judicial selection works … can be improved (access required)

STAUNTON—Virginia may be one of only two states where the legislature appoints the judges, but most participants at a recent conference agreed the system works well in the Old Dominion, at least for now. A panel of observers offered comments ...

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Criminal – Cocaine Possession – Prior Robbery Conviction (access required)

At defendant’s trial for cocaine possession, it was not harmless error when the trial court allowed the prosecutor, on cross-examination, to elicit evidence about the nature of defendant’s prior conviction for robbery, rather than simply the fact of his felony ...

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Legal Web sites, bloggers face new online marketing guidelines (access required)

For the first time in almost 30 years, the Federal Trade Commission has issued guidelines governing testimonials and endorsements – and for the first time, included guidance that covers bloggers and other online social media platforms. The Guides Concerning the ...

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Search & Seizure – Traffic Stop – Marijuana – Intent To Distribute (access required)

A police officer did not violate the Fourth Amendment after a lawful traffic stop when he detained defendant briefly while he ran his passenger’s name through state databases, and the Court of Appeals upholds defendant’s conviction for possession of marijuana ...

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Tips for maintaining a healthy office (access required)

1. Know what kind of firm and reputation you want to build and in which direction you want your “ship” to be heading. 2. Create, share and review often your firm’s mission statement 3. Make sure all employees understand the ...

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