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Judges informed of the costs of punishment

Judges in Missouri now have access to details of the public cost as they weigh prison time versus probation. The state’s sentencing advisory commission began this practice last month, according to The New York Times. Proponents hope that this cost ...

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The latest from the SCoVA Blog

Yesterday, the Supreme Court of Virginia published 17 opinions. Virginia Lawyers Weekly subscribers can read our analysis of the following cases on The SCoVA Blog: An invalid order, but no standing to challenge it What happens when a judge without ...

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Lawyer apologizes for “no guts” remark

The Supreme Court of Virginia invited Winchester attorney William A. Crane to write a brief not to exceed 15 pages to explain why he said the court didn’t “have the guts to handle” an issue he raised in an appeal. ...

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Lief to leave racing, will return to law

After five years managing Virginia International Raceway, former Sands Anderson lawyer Josh Lief will return to a Richmond practice. Lief, whose racing career was highlighted in a 2009 VLW article, has missed his legal practice, according to The Gazette-Virginian. He ...

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Felony charges dropped in flaming bartender trick

A fire marshal threw the book at two Herndon bartenders for their pyrotechnics, but Fairfax Commonwealth’s Attorney Ray Morrogh said felony charges will be dismissed. The Jimmy’s Old Town Tavern employees were arrested in July after performing the “flaming bartender,” ...

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Constitutional – First Amendment – Airport Newspaper Racks (access required)

In this case upholding summary judgment for plaintiff newspaper publishers that a public airport’s total ban on newspaper racks inside its terminals violates the First Amendment, the 4th Circuit denies rehearing en banc. Concurrence Wilkinson, J., concurring in the denial ...

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New chief judge for 23rd Circuit

The judges of the 23rd Judicial Circuit of Virginia unanimously elected William D. Broadhurst as chief judge. His two-year term began July 1. Judge Broadhurst succeeds Charles N. Dorsey as chief judge of the circuit, which includes the City of ...

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Criminal – Drug Conspiracy – Jury Instruction – Accommodation Defense (access required)

At defendant’s trial on multiple counts of drug conspiracy and distribution, the trial court did not err in declining to instruct the jury on the lesser punishment of distribution for accommodation because defendant claimed she was simply doing a favor ...

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Williams Mullen dedicates new office building

Local and state officials were on hand for the christening of the 16-story Williams Mullen Center in downtown Richmond. Richmond Mayor Dwight C. Jones and Gov. Bob McDonnell were among about 150 attorneys and community members who attended the outdoor ...

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