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Monthly Archives: December 2011

Judge Alper to retire next year

Arlington Circuit Judge Joanne F. Alper will retire from the bench in May, she announced in a news release this week. Alper was the first woman to serve in the 17th Circuit when she was named to the judgeship in ...

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County backs down, allows spiritual center

With a civil liberties lawsuit hanging over their head, Grayson County leaders reversed themselves and agreed this week to permit a “Peace Pentagon” spiritual center in the rural community. The county’s board of supervisors granted a special use permit for ...

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Pat Down Upheld for Gas-Station Watcher (access required)

Police who observed defendant at 4:40 a.m. near a gas station that had been robbed previously, in an area outside surveillance-camera range, apparently stalking the gas-station attendant, had reasonable suspicion to perform a stop-and-frisk and the 4th Circuit upholds the ...

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Local Carrier Has No Standing for Telecom Suit (access required)

The 4th Circuit upholds dismissal of a suit filed by a billing agent for local telecommunications carriers against BellSouth, the incumbent local exchange carrier, as plaintiff billing agent does not have statutory standing to bring this suit. In the Telecommunications ...

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Gun Ban for Domestic Violence Upheld (access required)

The 4th Circuit upholds the federal statute making gun possession by a person convicted of misdemeanor domestic violence against defendant’s as-applied constitutional challenge; social science reports about recidivism among persons arrested for domestic violence and the frequency of gun violence ...

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