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New York is (Fake) Marlboro Country?

Philip Morris USA, the tobacco giant owned by Richmond-based Altria Group Inc., is on the warpath against counterfeiters, according to the Associated Press. Marlboro cigarette counterfeiters, that is. Kind of gives a whole new meaning to the old phrase, “Smokin’ ...

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Keenan confirmed for 4th Circuit, 99-0 (access required)

The U.S. Senate confirmed Virginia Supreme Court Justice Barbara Milano Keenan unanimously last week for a seat on the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Keenan, 59, has been a judge for more than half her life and a trailblazer ...

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Criminal – Ecstasy – Possession To Distribute – Nature Of Drug (access required)

Although defendant said he found the seven individually wrapped ecstasy tablets along the side of the road and did not know what they were, their packaging and placement with 13 smaller bags containing marijuana showed, according to expert testimony, that ...

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Criminal – Grand Larceny – Auto Theft – Confrontation Right (access required)

A trial court’s admission of an NADA “blue book” estimate of the value of 2004 Toyota Sienna minivan did not violate defendant’s Confrontation Clause rights under Crawford v. Washington and Melendez-Diaz v. Massachusetts, and the Court of Appeals upholds defendant’s ...

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Domestic Relations – Joint Legal Custody – GAL Recommendation (access required)

A trial court failed to comply with Va. Code § 20-124.3 in communicating adequately the basis of its decision awarding joint legal custody and visitation, and the judgment is reversed and remanded by the Court of Appeals. Code § 20-124.3 ...

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