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Monthly Archives: April 2010

Criminal – Escape – S.C. Law – ACCA – ‘Violent Felony’ (access required)

Charging and sentencing documents in defendant’s South Carolina conviction for escape do not show whether it was a “walk-away” or a “break-out” escape, and recent changes in the law draw this distinction; the 4th Circuit vacates defendant’s sentence under the ...

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Criminal – Competency – Forcible Medication – Waiver (access required)

The 4th Circuit upholds a criminal defendant’s guilty plea to a firearm charge, entered after four years of competency hearings leading to a forcible medication order; defendant did not appeal the earlier forcible medication order and his guilty plea waived ...

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Violin performance leads to judicial recusal

A violin performance in open court helped an Albemarle County judge decide to step aside from a case involving alleged death threats. Circuit Judge Cheryl Higgins was concerned she might have a conflict of interest. She had been assigned the ...

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Google fends off claim over sponsored links

Alexandria U.S. District Judge Gerald Bruce Lee is dismissing Rosetta Stone’s infringement lawsuit against Google, Inc. Lee has entered orders granting Google’s motion to dismiss and motion for summary judgment, with his reasoning to come later in a written opinion. ...

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Phony tax forms led to big settlement for knee injury

A one-time Botetourt County restaurant owner used phony income documents to help score a $450,000 settlement for his alleged swimming pool knee injury, according to authorities. Now, the man may have to pay the money back. Eric Wooten pleaded guilty ...

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Two Hunton & Williams attorneys promoted to counsel

Two members of the Hunton & Williams LLP litigation & intellectual property practice were promoted to counsel status. Edward T. White focuses his practice on intellectual property litigation, counseling and prosecution, with an emphasis on trademark, trade dress, copyright and ...

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Gibney’s committee appearance brief

Updated at 10 p.m., April 28, with a link to the hearing. Gibney’s segment begins 124 minutes and 50 seconds into the hearing. Richmond lawyer John A. Gibney spent less than 15 minutes before the Senate Judiciary Committee this afternoon ...

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