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Falwell, Flynt reunite, discuss 1st Amendment (access required)

CHARLOTTESVILLE–Fifteen years after sex magazine merchant Larry Flynt published a parody advertisement aimed at evangelist Jerry Falwell, the ideological extremists seemed like old friends as they appeared on a Virginia stage to discuss the impact of the long legal battle ...

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Courtroom Bloopers (access required)

It was a hot summer day in the courthouse in Staunton. Cal Thomas sat at the counsel table in his light blue suit, waiting as the other side gave its closing argument. As he sat, he drank from a glass ...

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'Voluntary' Sentencing Rules Now The Standard (access required)

Since they were enacted two and a half years ago, Virginia’s “voluntary” criminal sentencing guidelines have become standard operating procedure for the commonwealth’s Circuit judges. Judges have sentenced defendants within the guidelines 75 percent of the time, according to the ...

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Lending A Helping Hand (access required)

After furnishing years of answers in law school and for the bar exam, a young lawyer’s first cases generate entirely new sets of questions–about practical management issues, local protocol, keeping a client informed of the habits of certain judges, and ...

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