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‘Seen’ and obscene: High court reviews husband’s emails

Potter Stewart famously remarked about obscenity, “I know it when I see it.” The justices of the Supreme Court of Virginia, however, were conspicuously quiet today when they had the chance to explore the definition of “obscene.” In Barson v. ...

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Attorney’s Fees Awarded at NoVa Rates (access required)

An Alexandria U.S. District Court awards defendant lender $20,000 in attorney’s fees that plaintiff borrower will have to pay should he bring a new lawsuit against defendant, after determining defendant was entitled to reasonable attorney’s fees for defendant’s costs for ...

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‘General counsel’ services now available part-time (access required)

Companies leery of adding a full time lawyer to their management team are finding more options for temporary or part-time “general counsel” legal services in Virginia. Startups and small businesses facing legal questions can call on lawyers willing to serve ...

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Once-suicidal vet gets diversion, treatment (access required)

ROANOKE–Federal prosecutors have allowed a once-suicidal Navy veteran charged with four firearms felonies to enter a six-month diversion program with mental health treatment. While agreeing to a treatment plan that could bring dismissal of all charges against Sean Duvall, the ...

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Stop the attack on the judicial branch (access required)

Dear Editor: Challenges to the freedoms protected by the constitution sometimes come in seemingly small and insignificant appearing increments. It should amaze most Americans to discover that the Constitution of the Soviet Union (you remember the Soviet Union: the gulags, ...

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VSB Disciplinary Actions (access required)

On Feb. 11, a Virginia State Bar Fourth District – Section II Subcommittee imposed a public admonition on John A. Nowacki of Alexandria for violating a professional rule that governs engaging in conduct involving dishonesty, fraud, deceit or misrepresentation which ...

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Breakfast with the devil

My tax professor at Washington & Lee, the late great Tim Philipps, had a saying for that moment when you think you have found a loophole in the federal tax code: If it sounds too good to be true, it ...

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