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Monthly Archives: January 2013

Justices uphold Fairfax man’s death sentence

(AP) — The  Supreme Court of Virginia has upheld a Fairfax County death row inmate’s convictions and sentence. The justices on Thursday unanimously rejected several claims raised by Mark E. Lawlor. He was sentenced to death for the 2008 sexual assault ...

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Father wins in vitro case, can establish rights

A father can seek to establish legal parentage of a child conceived through in vitro fertilization, the Supreme Court of Virginia has ruled in L.F. v. Breit. Virginia Beach lawyer Billy Breit and the mother of his daughter conceived through ...

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Supreme Court hears lawyer-blogger’s appeal (access required)

Lawyer-blogger Horace Hunter faced the Supreme Court of Virginia Jan. 8 in the appeal of his disciplinary case, and he said anything he wrote about his clients’ cases is absolutely protected by the First Amendment. First Amendment scholar Rodney Smolla ...

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Cop is out of stun gun death case, maker must defend (access required)

A stun gun manufacturer faces a federal jury trial on claims it failed to provide sufficient warnings about the weapon’s risk for people with heart conditions. While allowing three claims against TASER International Inc. to go forward, a Charlottesville federal ...

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Judiciary assignment called for lawyer skills

Bob Goodlatte was twenty years out of practice with his courtroom skills when he had to share prosecution duties in the impeachment of a federal judge. Goodlatte, Virginia’s 6th District congressman, presented evidence before a U.S. Senate panel in 2010 ...

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No Standing to Challenge Firearm Sales Limits (access required)

Appellants, including the Second Amendment Foundation, lose their pre-enforcement challenge to the constitutionality of a federal statute restricting interstate transfers of handguns (18 U.S.C. § 922(b)(3)); a federal regulation implementing that statute (27 C.F.R. § 478.99); and a Virginia law ...

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