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Monthly Archives: February 2010

Fee waiver program will run out of money in May    (access required)

Budget realities are hitting hard on Virginia lawyers who defend accused criminals. The Supreme Court of Virginia warns money will run out in May to pay supplemental fees for court-appointed lawyers. Moreover, a budget-cutting proposal in the General Assembly would ...

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Is a wellness program right for your firm? (access required)

Every law firm wants happy, healthy employees, but should your law firm implement a wellness program? The benefits of workplace wellness programs have been widely touted: they are known to improve productivity and can cut absenteeism by reducing the number ...

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Insurance – UIM – Stacking – Motorcycle-Car Accident (access required)

A Chesapeake Circuit Court says a man injured in a motorcycle accident cannot “stack” UM/UIM coverage from his policy that covered two separate vehicles he owned, neither of which was involved in the accident with a driver of another vehicle. ...

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Criminal – Proffer of Testimony – Harmless Error v. Structural Error (access required)

A contention that the denial of a request to call a witness amounted to structural error does not excuse the failure to proffer the testimony of the witness, the Court of Appeals holds in affirming convictions for obtaining money by ...

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Employment Discrimination – Title VII – Teacher – Retaliation – ‘Employer’ – Limitations (access required)

Where a school teacher alleges adverse job actions as retaliation for a racial harassment complaint, the school board’s motion to dismiss based on the 300-day limitations period is denied by a Roanoke U.S. District Court where at least one alleged ...

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Search & Seizure – Felon In Possession – Pat-Down Search – Gunshots (access required)

Where a suspect acted in a furtive manner as he drove away from the area where an officer heard six gunshots, the officer had cause to require the suspect to exit his vehicle and submit to a pat-down, and the ...

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Criminal – Threatening Communications – Intimidation – First Amendment (access required)

A Roanoke U.S. District Court grants the activist defendant’s motion for acquittal as to one count of making threatening communications to a civil rights lawyer; jury findings of guilt are allowed to stand on two other charges of making threatening ...

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