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4th Circuit outlines post-Booker sentencing rules (access required)

A district court judge properly found that sentencing guidelines in a career drug offender case were unreasonable, but he went too far in reducing the sentence by two-thirds, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled. The Feb. 22 ...

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Hunton & Williams names new leaders (access required)

Hunton & Williams, the largest law firm based in Virginia, announced last week that a former partner in its Miami office will become managing partner and that former managing partner Thurston R. Moore will succeed Gordon F. Rainey Jr. as ...

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Rules of Evidence floated (access required)

After more than 20 years of on and off effort, Virginia may get a formal set of Rules of Evidence. The advisory committee on rules of court to the Judicial Council of Virginia is publishing for comment proposed rules that ...

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Panel mulls online public records (access required)

A committee appointed by Virginia Chief Justice Leroy Rountree Hassell Sr. is considering proposing Part Nine to the Rules of the Supreme Court of Virginia to govern public access to court records. Hassell appointed the committee in November, and, after ...

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Man who lost use of arm wins $922K verdict (access required)

When Leesburg personal injury attorney Barbara S. Williams wanted advice on the jury panel for her medical malpractice trial in Page County, she didn’t bother with an investigator or a jury consultant. She went to George Warren Shanks, who has ...

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Ebert gets VSB's Carrico Award (access required)

Longtime Prince William County Commonwealth’s Attorney Paul B. Ebert has received the 2006 Harry L. Carrico Professionalism Award from the Virginia State Bar’s Criminal Law Section. The section also honored Frank W. Dunham Jr., who retired earlier this month as ...

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VTLA and doctors cut a deal on civil immunity for lab tes (access required)

ts Representatives of the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association and the Medical Society of Virginia have agreed on a revision of a statute that produced conflicting opinions from the Supreme Court of Virginia within five months last year. On its face, ...

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Two views on eminent domain (access required)

The General Assembly will have two very different responses to Kelo v. City of New London to consider between now and the end of its session in March. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled last June that the federal Constitution doesn’t ...

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27-month sentence for teen beer party upheld (access required)

Legal positions changed between a panel decision and en banc review by the Virginia Court of Appeals, but the result was the same: a now-divorced couple still faces 27 months in prison for providing alcohol at their home for the ...

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Car's owner would own its electronic data (access required)

Del. Joe T. May, R-Loudoun, believes there’s a simple premise behind his bill that would establish the ownership of electronic information usually available on late-model vehicles: “I own the car, and I own the information, and you can’t get to ...

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