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Monthly Archives: June 2011

A shaggy dog story

The emergency dispatcher must have done a double-take at this one: The frantic caller said that a vehicle carrying two dogs — and no humans — had just gone through an intersection and struck a tree. Were the pooches behind ...

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Prior Investigation Supports Probable Cause (access required)

The trial court erred in granting defendant’s motion to suppress incriminating statements in a custodial investigation, the Court of Appeals said; defendant’s warrantless arrest was supported by probable cause under a totality of circumstances analysis that includes the arresting officer’s ...

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Hearsay Admission at Revocation Hearing Was Error (access required)

At a robbery defendant’s probation revocation hearing, the trial court violated defendant’s due process right to confront the witnesses against him when it admitted a detective’s hearsay testimony concerning two other offenses, one which never resulted in charges against the ...

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Railroad Wins Supervisor’s Race Bias Case (access required)

An African-American former division superintendent for Norfolk Southern railroad loses his suit alleging race discrimination in his demotion after his handling of an employee’s on-the-job injury, and retaliation in the company’s subsequent failure to promote him; a Roanoke U.S. District ...

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Claim Construction in Silicon Carbide Patent Case (access required)

In this litigation over patents related to the growth of silicon carbide, a semiconductor material composed of silicon and carbide, a Norfolk U.S. District Court conducts a Markman hearing on a variety of disputed terms. The general growth method at ...

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