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Durrette takes on…the Assembly

Richmond lawyer Wyatt Durrette knows his way around the Capitol. He served three terms in the House of Delegates during the 1970s. During the 1980s, he ran for statewide office twice, for attorney general in 1981 and for governor in ...

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‘Malicious code’ infects Norfolk’s computer system   (access required)

NORFOLK (AP) Police are investigating a “malicious code” that shut down most of Norfolk’s computer system for more than a day. Information Technology Department director Hap Cluff says the code likely was a “time bomb” downloaded by an unsuspecting employee ...

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You have to make a proffer

Same song, only a slightly different verse. Eddie Nelson Ray wanted to call his mother to testify in his trial on charges of obtaining money by false pretenses and uttering a false bank note. The judge said no, and there ...

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Conviction affirmed on issue not raised at trial below (access required)

Judge Robert J. Humphreys contended that his Virginia Court of Appeals colleague, Judge Randolph A. Beales, bailed out the commonwealth by affirming a conviction on a ground that it did not raise at trial or on appeal. Not so, Beales ...

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Attorney General challenges EPA on greenhouse gas (access required)

(AP) Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinnelli is challenging the federal government’s conclusion that greenhouse gases are dangerous to people. Cuccinelli said Tuesday he has asked the Environmental Protection to delay final consideration of that finding so “newly available information” can ...

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Wellness: Changes proposed in how psychiatrists diagnose mental disorders (access required)

By Lauran Neergaard WASHINGTON (AP) Don’t say “mental retardation” – the new term is “intellectual disability.” No more diagnoses of Asperger’s syndrome – call it a mild version of autism instead. And while “behavioral addictions” will be new to doctors’ ...

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Wellness: Is gambling a danger for lawyers?   (access required)

No slurred speech, no dilated pupils, no dirty urine. Yet compulsive gambling, this invisible addiction, is a costly health problem for individuals, families, and society. Problem gambling is a mental health disorder characterized by increasing preoccupation with gambling, loss of ...

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Doctor admits hiding Swiss bank account

An inherited six-figure bank account first led to international intrigue and then to possible prison time for a pediatric ear-nose-and-throat doctor in Northern Virginia. According to a Justice Department news release , Leesburg otolaryngologist Andrew Silva has acknowledged more than ...

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Beware disgruntled jurors

The L.A. Times offers a cautionary tale this week in a piece about how jury duty is becoming more of a hardship for members of the venire. In one civil trial, jurors who were already peeved at having to miss ...

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