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Monthly Archives: March 2010

Immigration – Removal Order – Persecution – Economic Deprivation (access required)

The 4th Circuit denies a Zimbabwean citizen’s petition for review of a denial of review of a Board of Immigration Appeals decision affirming an immigration judge’s order that she be removed from the U.S. to Zimbabwe, as she as not ...

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Criminal – Sentencing – Fraud – Restitution Order – ‘Vulnerable Victim’ (access required)

A defendant who was part of a fraudulent sweepstakes scheme operating out of a Costa Rican call center gets an “aggravating” role sentencing adjustment for his supervisory role, but the 4th Circuit vacates the district court’s $4.2 million restitution order ...

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William Styron had it right

After an endless winter of snow measured in feet and cold, here’s a reflection after a glorious weekend. Novelist William Styron, a Newport News native, tucked away a love letter to the glories of springtime in the Old Dominion in ...

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4th Annual Legal Food Frenzy set for April (access required)

The Fourth Annual Legal Food Frenzy and competition among law firms for the Attorney General’s Cup will be conducted from April 5 to April 16. Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli will be the third AG in three years to present the ...

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Abbott Labs investigation is qui tam action, says Heaphy (access required)

Tim Heaphy, the U.S. attorney for the Western District of Virginia, has disclosed that a federal investigation of alleged off-label marketing of Depakote by Abbott Laboratories is a qui tam action. Questions arose about why the feds might be investigating ...

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Police chiefs to governor: Please veto guns-in-bars bill (access required)

Virginia’s police chiefs are asking Gov. Bob McDonnell to veto legislation that would allow people to carry concealed handguns into bars, calling it a “recipe for disaster.” Virginia Beach police Chief Jake Jacocks Jr. compared the combination of firearms and ...

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Valley factory gets surprise shipment: 1,840 pounds of dope (access required)

VERONA—Workers at a Virginia company that manufactures blades and cutting tools were surprised to receive a shipment of 1,840 pounds of marijuana with a street value of $2 million. The Augusta County Sheriff’s office said deputies found 80 boxes, each ...

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Court upholds death sentence for inmate who killed cellmate (access required)

A divided federal appeals court has upheld the death sentence of an inmate who stole his cellmate’s breakfast then strangled him with a bath towel for complaining about it. The 2-1 ruling Wednesday by a panel of the 4th U.S. ...

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Court orders new sentencing for telemarketing defendant (access required)

The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ordered a new sentencing for a man who pleaded guilty in North Carolina to participating in a telemarketing scheme that bilked U.S. residents out of millions of dollars. Juan Luis Llamas of ...

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