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Moonshiners looking for relief from jury verdicts

U.S. District Judge James Turk said he was inclined to set aside some of the guilty verdicts against a woman convicted of money laundering in a major moonshine prosecution. Phillip Lingafelt, the attorney for defendant Margaret Smith, argued that the ...

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Detective claims conspiracy to wreck his career

An Henrico County police officer is suing his bosses and the Commonwealth’s Attorney over his demotion at the police department. Demoted narcotics investigator William G. “Trip” Hueston III seeks $1.06 million in damages, claiming that Henrico Police Chief Henry W. ...

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Lawyer goes on the air

Rocky Mount lawyer Carolyn Furrow cuts through the jargon to offer legal advice for radio listeners in Franklin County. In each half-hour of “Law Talk,” she fields listeners’ questions about legal issues of all sorts, reports The Roanoke Times, clarifying ...

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Hassell to discuss cross burning

Virginia Supreme Court Chief Justice Leroy Hassell will address the free speech implications of the state’s cross burning statute today at U.Va.. According to the Daily Progress, Hassell will give the presentation at 5 p.m. in the University of Virginia ...

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Former lobbyist is leading candidate for U.S. attorney

Former corporate lobbyist Neil MacBride is among the top contenders for the U.S. attorney post in the Eastern District. The Washington Post reports that MacBride is up against at least six other candidates. They include: Dwight C. Holton, a 12-year ...

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Election day clothing charge dropped

Madison County Commonwealth’s Attorney George Webb III has decided not to prosecute a woman for wearing a McCain T-shirt to the polls during last November’s election. The American Civil Liberties Union had taken on the case, appointing four lawyers to ...

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Court considers freedom to post anonymously

Free speech advocates are urging an Illinois court to protect the anonymity of people who post comments on Web publications. The case, which has now reached the Illinois appellate court, stemmed from comments left on a local newspaper Web site, ...

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Legal Aid numbers on the rise

Demand for legal help is up at the Legal Aid office in Winchester. The Winchester Star reports that, due to the financial crisis, lawyers at the Blue Ridge Legal Services’ Winchester branch are having trouble keeping up with the demand ...

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JMU athletic cuts will stand

The U.S. Supreme Court has refused to consider a halt to JMU’s plan to make certain cuts in its athletic programs. The high court on Monday refused to consider a request from Equity in Athletics, Inc., to immediately stop James ...

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Manhunt is on for killer of two at The Homestead

A hotel employee is being sought after allegedly shooting two co-workers to death at The Homestead resort. An arrest warrant for capital murder has been issued for Beacher F. Hackney of Covington, reports The Roanoke Times. Hackney is a steward ...

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