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Facebook ‘Like’ is Protected, But Sheriff Has Immunity (access required)

“Liking” a political candidate’s Facebook page is the “Internet equivalent” of a political yard sign and is protected speech, and the 4th Circuit reverses a trial court’s contrary holding and says three sheriff’s deputies who allegedly were fired as jailers ...

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Arbitration clause enforced against housekeeper (access required)


A businessman who had his live-in housekeeper sign an arbitration clause when she started work at his house six years ago can use the clause to keep her job-related claims out of court, the Supreme Court of Virginia has ruled. ...

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Judge approves plea deal in chef case

Richmond Circuit Judge Margaret P. Spencer has accepted a plea agreement calling for restitution but no jail time for the former executive chef at the governor’s mansion. Todd Schneider was charged with embezzling food and supplies from the governor’s mansion, ...

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‘Right to Like’ gets protection under appeals court ruling

Clicking a “Like” button on the Facebook page of his boss’s political rival was protected speech that should not be the basis of a deputy’s firing, a federal appeals court has ruled. A panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court ...

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No Sentencing Relief After Government Misconduct (access required)

Despite government misconduct in the investigation and prosecution of a large-scale drug conspiracy, including the leading investigator’s affair with defendant’s then-wife and subornation of perjury, the 4th Circuit, after remand of the case because of the government misconduct, denies post-conviction ...

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