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Monthly Archives: December 2010

Search & Seizure – Administrative – Mine Safety – Qualified Immunity (access required)

A slate mining company cannot sue Virginia’s mine safety agency for warrantless administrative searches, says a Lynchburg U.S. District Court; although the authorizing state statute allows warrantless inspections after complaint, inspections are limited to surface mines, on complaints of health ...

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Civil Rights – Civil Commitment – ‘Adam Walsh’ Act – Standard Of Proof (access required)

A federal statute that authorizes civil commitment of persons who have engaged in or attempted child molestation and are found to be “sexually dangerous,” on a “clear and convincing” standard of evidence, is constitutional on its face, says the 4th ...

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Playing the age-guessing game

Playing age-guessing games is just one of the ways to waste time online. Or maybe it should be a new investigative tool for law enforcement. It turns out that age, like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder. A case ...

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Four seek Eastern Shore judgeship

Three lawyers and a district court judge have expressed interest in a circuit court seat in Accomack County. Last month, the Eastern Shore Bar Association endorsed longtime Accomack attorney W. Revell Lewis III, according to the Eastern Shore News. Accomack ...

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Supreme Court scorecard (access required)

Baseball may be the classic game of statistics, but blogging lawyer Jay O’Keeffe suggests stats about appellate law can be a pastime of equal interest for attorneys. O’Keeffe has started keeping score on decisions of the Supreme Court of Virginia. ...

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Veteran prosecutors say they’ll step down next year (access required)

Two longtime commonwealth’s attorneys announced last week that they will step down after their terms expire at the end of next year. Arlington County prosecutor Richard Trodden, 64, said will retire rather than seek a fifth term, and Henrico County ...

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