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No autism link, appellate panel finds

A second panel of the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit today upheld a special master’s finding that there is no connection between autism and a mercury-based preservative in the measles-mumps rubella vaccine. The first panel issued its opinion ...

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Appealing pro se, murderer gets a writ (access required)

Charles Edward Reed III might well have been as guilty as a Stafford County Circuit Court jury found him to be in June 2005. But there was a significant problem in the trial for murder and three related counts that ...

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A 12-year vacation?

Norfolk City Council has learned that an employee of its Community Services Board collected a salary and benefits for 12 years without going to work. The identity of the employee – who has been fired – and the circumstances that ...

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Paradox in PD offices (access required)

The Chesapeake public defender’s office recently asked the city’s circuit judges for help in managing its caseload. But the difficulty in that office appears to be unique to the city rather than a trend triggered by the state’s budget shortfall. ...

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McGuireWoods v. TigerWoods

Update 2010/08/24, 9:20 a.m. While Dennis Belcher’s expertise in handling big-dollar arrangements for families no doubt played a role in the firm’s representation of Elin Nordegren in her divorce from Tiger Woods, there’s a more direct connection. Nordegren’s twin sister, ...

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Supreme Court grants writs on eyewitness ID, wrongful attachment (access required)

Although faulty eyewitness identification has been the basis for most of the convictions overturned by DNA evidence, it’s tough to get an appellate writ granted, much less have a conviction reversed, when the judge or jury believes the witness. So ...

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