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DUI double jeopardy turned down (access required)

The double-jeopardy argument in drunken-driving cases is taking its last gasp in Virginia’s state courts. The Virginia Supreme Court has dismissed the petition for appeal in the seminal case decided by the Court of Appeals. The case, well-known to criminal ...

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Practice Tip: Voir dire (access required)

‘Hot-coffee’ case, TV ads color jurors’ views She’s everywhere. The little old lady in New Mexico who spilled hot coffee on herself one day and then sued big, bad McDonald’s for mega-bucks. Through the magic of Ann Landers and op-ed ...

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No Bowman claim for sex harassment (access required)

An employee who worked in an atmosphere “pervaded with sexual slur” has no claim for sexual harassment under the Bowman public-policy exception, a federal judge in Harrisonburg has ruled. The judge concluded that “discrimination” as recognized by the Virginia Supreme ...

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'Slow plea' halted (access required)

A criminal defendant who was found guilty by a jury could not then change his plea to guilty in order to take the sentencing away from the jury, the Court of Appeals has ruled in a case of apparent first ...

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