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Yearly Archives: 2009

Immigration – Illegal Re-Entry – Sentencing – ‘Drug Trafficking’ Offense (access required)

Rejecting its own unpublished opinion from 2007, the 4th Circuit vacates the enhanced sentence for a Guatemalan citizen convicted of illegal reentry into the U.S. because his 1998 California conviction for marijuana transport may not qualify as a “drug trafficking” ...

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Criminal – Sentencing – Uncharged Conduct – Standard Of Proof (access required)

The 4th Circuit upholds an enhanced, 240-month sentence for defendant’s convictions of interstate transport of a minor for sex, based on defendant’s 20-year history of molesting middle-school boys while defendant acted as a school teacher, coach, Sunday school teacher and ...

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New Web site lets in-house counsel rate outside firms (access required)

Hoping to give in-house lawyers a powerful tool to assess outside legal help, the Association of Corporate Counsel has unveiled a Web site that grades law firms on how well they perform and whether they stay within budget. The ACC’s ...

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Lawyer blasts courthouse maintenance

A local courthouse can be the pride of a community, or it can depress the spirit when it’s in disrepair.  One Roanoke-area lawyer says poor conditions at the Roanoke City courthouse are doing more than dampening spirits – they’re instigating ...

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Law as a Second Career: Bobby Jones

One of the greatest golfers ever quit at the age of 28 to be a lawyer. Who, you ask? Bobby Jones, who in 1930 became the only golfer ever to record a “Grand Slam” in a single year. A native ...

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Sanctions motion too late, judge says

Shenandoah County Circuit Judge Dennis Hupp said the county board of supervisors waited too long to ask for sanctions against a former board candidate. In a letter opinion and accompanying order last month, Hupp closed the case, declining to rule ...

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Discrimination suit filed against Williams Mullen

A former records manager for Williams Mullen has filed a lawsuit alleging sexual harassment and national origin and age discrimination. The complaint was filed earlier this month in federal court in Norfolk by Hanh Nguyen Allgood, a 53-year-old Vietnamese national, ...

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Judge washes hands of sanctions motion (access required)

Shenandoah County Circuit Judge Dennis Hupp has refused to hear the sanctions motion the county board of supervisors filed against former supervisor candidate Mark Prince. As VLW reported last month, the county board accused Prince and his lawyer of misusing ...

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