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Monthly Archives: October 2009

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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Criminal – Felony DUI – Sentence – Home Monitoring (access required)

The Court of Appeals declines defendant’s invitation to revisit its decision in Cuffee-Smith v. Commonwealth, 39 Va. App. 476 (2002), which prohibits electronic home monitoring as an alternative to mandatory incarceration, and affirms the trial court’s refusal to allow defendant ...

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The dangerous link between chronic office chaos and stress…or worse (access required)

When lawyers struggling with excessive stress, depression or even substance abuse want to get their lives back in order, they often reach out to medical and mental health professionals. In addition, many state bar associations offer alcohol and substance abuse ...

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Criminal – B&E – Grand Larceny – Property Serial Numbers (access required)

Although defendant claims on appeal that the serial numbers on an Epiphone guitar and a Samsung television that defendant sold to Best Loan Company were “inadmissible hearsay,” the Court of Appeals cannot consider that question under Rule 5A:12(c), and the ...

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Prescription drugs: Abuse and addiction (access required)

By Omar S. Manejwala, M.D., F.A.P.A. Abuse of prescription drugs has become a serious public health concern, especially over the last two decades. Several large scale studies have confirmed that the nonmedical use of prescription drugs grew from the 1990s ...

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