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When in doubt, look at the Code

When I was a newbie lawyer years ago, I got one of those nuggets of advice you hang on to. I was discussing case files with one of the partners, describing the legal research I’d done and what the case ...

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Single blow not ‘unlawful wounding’

Is there a two-blow rule for a bare-knuckled fight, before it counts as unlawful wounding? The question arises from today’s reversal of an unlawful wounding conviction by the Virginia Court of Appeals in Worrell v. Commonwealth. Defendant Demonte Worrell’s actions ...

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Professors get $2.5 million each from West

An effort to get legal commentary on the cheap has backfired on West Publishing Corp., The Philadelphia Inquirer reports. Two law professors had split $10,000 for providing an annual update on Pennsylvania criminal procedure for the legal publisher. But when ...

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Taking light-duty job not enough to keep comp

An injured drugstore employee who wanted to keep her workers’ comp benefits needed to do more than accept the light-duty job offered by her employer, the Virginia Court of Appeals said today. She needed to keep looking for work, the ...

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Blogging professor lists UVa as top law school

Paul Caron, author of the TaxProf Blog, has crunched a new set of numbers to rank law schools. The way Caron weighs the numbers, the University of Virginia comes out number one, as reported by the ABA Journal. Caron analyzed ...

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‘Deferred judgment’ practice on hold (access required)

Getting a court to defer judgment may be the best a lawyer can do for a particular criminal client. But in some kinds of cases, that option has been in limbo for the last few years. Lawyers are watching closely ...

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DMV offices to accept debit cards for transactions (access required)

State residents can now use their debit cards to transact business with the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles. The agency announced it will begin accepting the cards at 53 of its 74 offices across Virginia. Offices in areas serving Staunton ...

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Defense wants medical records in death of U.Va. lacrosse player (access required)

CHARLOTTESVILLE—A Charlottesville judge is reviewing defense attorneys’ request for the medical records of a University of Virginia women’s lacrosse player who was found dead in her apartment. George Huguely, who also was a U.Va. lacrosse player, is accused of killing ...

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Woman takes 30 years for killing boyfriend (access required)

LOUISA—A Louisa County woman accused of killing her boyfriend has entered an Alford plea to first-degree murder. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that Ulisa Chavers entered her plea Wednesday in Louisa Circuit Court. She was sentenced to 50 years with all ...

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