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Race Claim Not Barred By VHRA (access required)

A suit alleging racial harassment by a co-worker is not barred by the Virginia Human Rights Act, a Richmond Circuit judge has ruled. Suing the co-worker and his employer, the African-American plaintiff sought to recover for assault and battery, emotional ...

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Criminal Background Checks On Jurors OK (access required)

A prosecutor is free to do criminal background checks on prospective jurors, the Virginia Court of Appeals has ruled in a case of first impression. Despite protests from defense attorneys, commonwealth’s attorneys across Virginia routinely have used records from the ...

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Jury List At Issue In Appeal (access required)

Litigators who like to get cozy with their juries often request a copy of the jury panel list ahead of time, in order to scrutinize the name, age, address, occupation and employer of each prospective juror. Under Virginia Code Sect. ...

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The Expanding Legal Roles of Grandparents (access required)

Being a grandparent, according to the popular convention, means being able to spoil your grandchildren and leave the serious child-rearing to your own children. But grandparents do not always have the luxury to love ‘em and leave ‘em. Sometimes parents ...

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High Court Will Accept Docs On Disk (access required)

Lawyers filing petitions for appeal in the Supreme Court of Virginia may now send the court computer diskettes along with their hard copy. “To facilitate its review of cases,” Virginia’s high court “invites counsel to submit petitions for appeal and ...

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