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Occupy, William & Mary style

It’s finals week down at the College of Knowledge in Williamsburg. And William & Mary’s main library, Earl Gregg Swem Library, has announced that it will remain open for 125 straight hours this week. So what are the stressed-out students ...

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Appeal examines lawyer testimony against client (access required)

A Virginia Supreme Court panel is considering whether to allow an appeal in a case where a Newport News man was convicted of a shooting based largely on the testimony of his former defense attorney. If interest by a justice ...

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Smith becomes Eastern District chief judge

Norfolk U.S. District Judge Rebecca Beach Smith this week assumed the duties of chief judge for the Eastern District of Virginia, becoming the first woman judge in that position and the first Norfolk-based judge to serve as chief in 26 ...

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Smith becomes Eastern District chief judge

Norfolk U.S. District Judge Rebecca Beach Smith this week assumed the duties of chief judge for the Eastern District of Virginia, becoming the first woman judge in that position and the first Norfolk-based judge to serve as chief in 26 ...

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Court issues ‘actual innocence’ writ

The en banc Virginia Court of Appeals today issued a writ of actual innocence to Thomas Haynesworth, a Richmond man who spent nearly three decades in prison for at least one rape he didn’t commit. An appellate panel heard Haynesworth’s ...

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Court issues ‘actual innocence’ writ

The en banc Virginia Court of Appeals today issued a writ of actual innocence to Thomas Haynesworth, a Richmond man who spent nearly three decades in prison for at least one rape he didn’t commit. An appellate panel heard Haynesworth’s ...

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Bill planned to adopt Rules of Evidence (access required)

The Virginia Code Commission is moving forward with adoption of the Virginia Rules of Evidence, and they’re prepared to call in reinforcements to make their case to members of the General Assembly. On Dec. 5, the commission voted unanimously to ...

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Bet she doesn’t already have one…

Just in time for holiday giving, here’s an opportunity to buy a unique piece of Virginia legal history. Carved wooden gargoyles, formerly displayed on the Lynchburg courthouse, will be on sale on eBay until next Saturday, Dec. 17. There are ...

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New Bankruptcy Rules went into effect Dec. 1 (access required)

Starting on Dec. 1, seven changes to the Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure went into effect. The rules (see “Seven Changes” list, below) are intended to clear the controversy in some bankruptcy rules, and create uniformity by requiring revisions to ...

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