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Monthly Archives: July 2010

Lindsay Lohan and legal scholarship at W&L

In the memorable 1998 flick, “The Parent Trap,” Lindsay Lohan starred as an innocent 12-year-old who embarks on a plot to make her parents fall in love again. However, Lindsay Lohan has greatly changed since 1998. Along with a new ...

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Clerk’s filing method draws criticism

Some lawyers say the clerk’s method of filing documents at Charlottesville Circuit Court makes searches difficult. Clerk Paul Garrett apparently has his office index matters beginning with the phrase “In re” if that’s how the document is titled, reports The ...

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Contract – False Claims Act – Embassy Construction – Billing (access required)

A former general construction foreman for a Kuwaiti construction firm has not alleged a claim under the False Claims Act with allegations that the firm billed falsely for deficient work in connection with construction of the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad ...

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Criminal – Sex Offender Registration – Federal Statute – Md. Law (access required)

An inmate paroled after serving 20 years of a federal life sentence for rape and murder can be required by a Maryland parole officer to register as a sex offender under the federal Sex Offender Registration & Notification Act, even ...

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Civil Rights – First Amendment – Exotic Dancers – Paper Moon Club (access required)

Virginia statutory restrictions that allow nightclubs whose dancers wear only g-strings and pasties to serve beer and wine, but not mixed drinks, pass a First Amendment challenge from club owners, the 4th Circuit says. The clubs brought First Amendment, vagueness ...

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Civil Rights – Prison Inmate – Filing Fee – Multiple Pending Suits (access required)

Although a Virginia inmate has two appeals pending, as an indigent prisoner he is only required to pay one filing fee of 20 percent; the 4th Circuit says the district court erred in ordering a 40-percent fee withheld from plaintiff’s ...

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Legal Destination: Carroll County

In a story last year, I flagged the Carroll County Courthouse as one of the “Legal Destinations” you might visit if you wanted to combine legal history with some R&R. In 1912, the courthouse was the site in the courtroom ...

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Flexibility in Sentencing (access required)

Federal sentencing guidelines are no longer hard and fast and Virginia’s federal judges are taking advantage of the new sentencing flexibility. Proposed changes to the sentencing guidelines scheduled to take effect in November already are drawing notice in the federal ...

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Judges take issue with long sentences (access required)

Federal judges aren’t as hard-hearted at sentencing as defendants might think. In fact, most favor the new range of discretion available since the U.S. Supreme Court decision in U.S. v. Booker in 2005. Many federal district judges believe the sentencing ...

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Portsmouth mayor removed by recall vote, two to one (access required)

PORTSMOUTH—Portsmouth Mayor James Holley has been removed from office for the second time in his political career. Sixty-eight percent of the residents who cast ballots in Tuesday’s recall election voted to oust Holley. Results reported to the Virginia State Board ...

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