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Attorney apologizes to Supreme Court (access required)

Update: 09/16/2010, 4:36 p.m. It was enough. Barely three hours after Crane appeared before the Supreme Court, it issued the following order: “Upon consideration of the apology proffered by William A. Crane, the Rule to Show Cause is dismissed.” An ...

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Old lab report procedure invalid under Melendez, court holds (access required)

Following the U.S. Supreme Court’s holding in Melendez-Diaz, the Supreme Court of Virginia has acknowledged Virginia’s former procedure for admission of lab reports in criminal trials failed to safeguard a defendant’s rights under the Confrontation Clause. The decision today in ...

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Bar groups asked to help with Koontz replacement

Del. Dave Albo, the Fairfax Republican who chairs the House Courts of Justice Committee, has asked the Virginia State Bar to assist in reviewing candidates who want to succeed Justice Lawrence L. Koontz Jr. on the Supreme Court of Virginia. ...

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When cocktail party chatter turns legal, lawyers seek ‘safe harbor’ (access required)

It’s a scene familiar to every lawyer. You’re at a cocktail party, introduced all around, when someone asks what you do for a living. As soon as you acknowledge your profession, some stranger hits you with a legal question. As ...

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State to spend $1.5 million for prisoner re-entry programs

The allocations – half federal grant, half local and state in-kind services – will support programs that help former inmates transition back into society, according to a news release from Gov. McDonnell. The governor said the grants, targeted to three ...

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Sentence vacated for Virginia ‘jihadist’

The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has vacated an enhanced sentence for Ali Asad Chandia, a member of a “Virginia jihad network” convicted in 2006 for providing material support to the terrorist organization Lashkar-e-Taiba. Providing “material support” to a ...

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Civil Rights – Prison Inmate – Reading Material – Censorship Policy (access required)

A Roanoke U.S. District Court says the Virginia Department of Corrections’ Operating Policy 803.2 is facially unconstitutional and may not be enforced in its current form, which prompted defendant correctional officials to allow Playboy magazine, but to remove from the ...

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Real Estate – Homeowners’ Protection Act – Fraud – Mortgage Insurance (access required)

Buyers who allege defendant misrepresented that their home refinance loan did not include mortgage insurance, when in fact it had lender paid mortgage insurance, and that they were prevented from an additional refi under the “Making Homes Affordable Program” that ...

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