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NNA announces 2013 newspaper contest winners

The National Newspaper Association has announced the winners of the 2013 Better Newspaper Contest. Virginia Lawyers Weekly earned an Honorable Mention in the Best Serious Column category for “Dare to be stupid,” a “Publisher’s Notebook” piece by Paul Fletcher. It ...

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Witness-Tampering Instruction Was ‘Harmless Error’ (access required)

Although a jury instruction at defendant’s trial for witness tampering misstated the federal nexus required for the offense, under a 2011 U.S. Supreme Court decision that came down after defendant’s conviction became final, the jury instruction was “harmless error” and ...

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Ignition interlocks in wide use with new law

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The number of drunk drivers ordered to install breathalyzers in their vehicles has risen 75 percent in Virginia over the last year as a result of a new law. About 8,500 drivers convicted of a DUI ...

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Murray agrees to 5-year bar suspension in wake of sanctions payment (access required)

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Matthew B. Murray of Charlottesville has accepted a five-year suspension of his law license to resolve discipline charges arising from a contentious trial and a record-breaking verdict in 2010, according to the Virginia State Bar. The misconduct charges focused on ...

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Jose Ramon Davila Jr. (access required)

Retired Richmond Judge Jose Ramon Davila Jr. died July 16 at age 78 in Virginia Beach. Judge Davila was born in Richmond and attended Thomas Jefferson High School, graduated from Hampden Sydney College, spent two years in the Marine Corps ...

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