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Justices: Court-ordered psych evidence doesn’t violate 5th Amendment (access required)

U.S. Supreme Court

WASHINGTON — Defendants who offer a diminished capacity defense cannot seek to exclude rebuttal evidence from court-ordered mental evaluations on Fifth Amendment grounds, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Kansas v. Cheever, No. 12-609. The justices reversed a contrary ruling ...

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Ex-officer’s conviction for shooting woman affirmed

(AP) – A former Culpeper police officer who fatally shot an unarmed woman has lost an appeal of his conviction. A judge of the Court of Appeals of Virginia denied Daniel Harmon-Wright’s appeal on Thursday, according to the court’s order ...

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Editorial: Judging is not a numbers game

Forty incumbent judges traveled to Richmond Dec. 13 to face the hiring squad. They came to Capitol Hill for their judicial re-election interviews before a joint session of the House and Senate Courts of Justice committees. The 2014 General Assembly ...

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Lawyers judging judges (access required)

When Virginia judges up for re-election faced questions last week about their handling of certain criminal cases, lawyers stepped up to defend the judges before legislative courts committees. Those defenders included some legislators who practice before those judges. The number ...

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Lawyer who served time in prison nets legal malpractice award – $5,750,000 Verdict (access required)

A Fairfax jury of five men and two women awarded plaintiff, Bruce McLaughlin, $5.75 million in his legal malpractice case against the law firm of Shevlin Smith. The case is unique in that McLaughlin prevailed in proving his case within ...

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Union pact case goes bust at the Supreme Court (access required)


WASHINGTON — It was the major U.S. Supreme Court labor law decision that wasn’t. The case of Unite Here Local 355 v. Mulhall, No. 12-99, ended not with a decision impacting the way unions and employers — particularly those in ...

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Comp decision with retired commissioner is reversed (access required)


The Court of Appeals of Virginia has overturned a workers’ compensation decision – providing another shot at benefits for a badly injured worker – because a retired workers’ comp commissioner took part in the full commission decision. The rules don’t ...

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