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Southwest Virginia judge quits after lawmakers' urging (300629) (access required)

A Southwest Virginia judge convicted of soliciting a prostitute before he became a judge resigned Jan. 30 at the urging of two Republican legislators. Judge D. Gregory Baker was appointed to the Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court for Lee, Scott ...

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Smolla named next dean of the UR law school (300627) (access required)

The University of Richmond has named Rodney A. Smolla, a nationally recognized First Amendment scholar, to be the next dean of the T.C. Williams School of Law. Smolla’s appointment is effective July 1. He succeeds John R. Pagan, who announced ...

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Upheld: Albemarle County violated officers' free speech (300633) (access required)

Officials in Albemarle County were not protected by government immunity when they barred a county police officer from speaking against the county in 1998, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled. A federal judge in Charlottesville ruled in favor ...

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Tweel quits judgeship to protest war in Iraq (300635) (access required)

Ronald R. Tweel, a substitute judge in the Charlottesville area since 1979, has resigned his position in order to publicly express his opposition to a proposed U.S. invasion of Iraq. Tweel, whose practice is primarily domestic relations work, had been ...

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Shipyard — Breach Of Warranty (access required)

Type of Case — Products Liability Other Useful Information — This was the first phase of a consolidated trial involving the claims of 1,296 employees of the Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company. The plaintiffs were employed at the ...

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Pedestrian Suffers Leg Fracture In Hit-And-Run Accident (access required)

Type of Action — Negligence Other Useful Information — The plaintiff, 14, was walking along the left shoulder of a secondary road in Botetourt County during the day when the defendant’s vehicle, which was traveling in the opposite direction, struck ...

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Knee Jams Into Dashboard During 'T-Bone' Collision (access required)

Type of Action — Negligence Other Useful Information — This case involved a T-bone collision which caused the plaintiff’s knee to be jammed into the dashboard. The defendant pleaded guilty to failing to yield the right-of-way. Liability was eventually admitted; ...

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Dog Bite — Puncture Wounds — Cuts And Scrapes (access required)

Type of Action — Negligence Other Useful Information — The plaintiff came upon the defendant’s property to estimate work to be performed there. The defendant was incarcerated. The defendant’s tenant informed the plaintiff of the defendant’s dogs but said not ...

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UPS Driver Broadsided At Intersection – Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (access required)

Type of Action — Negligence Other Useful Information — The plaintiff, a UPS employee, was driving his delivery truck during the day in clear weather on Oct. 21, 1999, when the defendant’s vehicle failed to stop for a stop sign ...

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