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Digital devices multiply, and data trackers respond (access required)

Around 2001, Larry E. Daniel began getting more requests to recover information from individual computers and computer systems. By then, he had worked for more than 20 years in all aspects of computing, from software programming to setting up and ...

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Court will hear adoption case (access required)

The Supreme Court of Virginia has agreed to review a ruling by the Virginia Court of Appeals that domestic relations lawyers say makes adoptions more difficult and acrimonious. The Court of Appeals panel said in Todd v. Copeland (VLW 010-7-083) ...

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Court says towns can charge higher utility rates for out-of-town customers (access required)

The Town of Leesburg can impose a 100 percent surcharge on water and sewer consumption rates to customers who live in Loudoun County, the Supreme Court of Virginia ruled yesterday. The ruling reversed the finding of Circuit Judge Thomas D. ...

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Court issues order in service district case (access required)

The Supreme Court of Virginia issued an unpublished order today in Nageotte v. Board of Supervisors of Stafford County, in addition to deciding 19 cases by opinion, 12 of them criminal decisions. A list of the cases and a summary ...

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Court revisits ‘right result for wrong reason’ (access required)

The Supreme Court of Virginia had three occasions today to consider the concept of reaching the right result for the wrong reason in criminal cases. It issued two opinions based on the issue, using one of them to provide a ...

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Firm specializes in cases with numerous claimants (access required)

Orran Brown needed to find a lot of people with elementary legal skills quickly. His firm, BrownGreer LLC in Richmond, had been hired by Kenneth Feinberg, administrator of the fund set up to compensate victims of the BP oil spill, ...

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Extraordinary writs argued in immigration cases (access required)

Wellyn Flores Chan appears to be a good candidate to have an extraordinary writ granted on her behalf, but the Supreme Court of Virginia appeared to think yesterday that the writs she received may be a bit too extraordinary. Chan ...

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Court hears gun arguments (access required)

Guns – in two different contexts – were a major topic for the Supreme Court of Virginia today. In two cases, the court revisited Virginia Code § 18.2-53.1, the statute that provides for a mandatory penalty of three years for ...

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