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GPS evidence did not taint conviction, court rules (access required)

Even though the unconstitutional use of GPS tracking led police to follow a suspected sex offender, allowing police to testify about the man’s activities was harmless error since the victim’s own testimony was sufficient to convict the suspect of violent ...

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Hiding a fugitive? Don’t ‘like’ your local sheriff

A woman near Bluefield found out the hard way about the perils of social media. When she clicked the “like” button on the Facebook page of the county sheriff, her fugitive boyfriend ended up in jail and the girlfriend now ...

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Academic May Pursue FCA Retaliation Claim (access required)

A post-doctoral fellow conducting research at U.Va.’s Department of Psychiatry & Neurobehavioral Sciences who alleges his appointment was not renewed because he complained about his supervisor’s fraudulent allocation of levels of effort on a particular government grant withstands summary judgment ...

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New ‘trust protector’ role is emerging in state (access required)

Lawyers setting up trusts for clients are forging a new role for an advisor charged with seeing that the client’s original intent is carried out: trust protector. Broadly speaking, the trust protector does not have a day-to-day role in managing ...

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High court weighs sanction for sitting judge (access required)

Appellate arguments sometimes reduce to a couple of questions: How does this set of facts fit with prior precedent and how will the court’s decision affect future conduct? There have only been five published cases in which the Supreme Court ...

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‘Creative’ fee request shocks court’s conscience

A Richmond federal court has rejected a “simply shocking” request for nearly $1 million in attorney’s fees sought by two shareholders who sued to halt the sale of Massey Energy Company to Alpha Natural Resources Inc. U.S. District Judge John ...

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