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Opening the Door at JIRC (access required)

The door to the Virginia Judicial Inquiry and Review Commission may be nudged open a little wider in the coming months. JIRC, the body that investigates and considers complaints of misconduct by Virginia judges, has kept its door firmly closed ...

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How To Help a Reporter Tell a Story (access required)

Even if your legal practice does not regularly require you to face a bank of microphones as you emerge from the courthouse, chances are good that some day, some case you’re involved in will attract the attention of someone in ...

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Controversial federal ?Project Exile? upheld (access required)

A local law enforcement program that favors federal, not state, prosecution of routine firearm charges does not violate the U.S. Constitution, a Richmond federal judge has ruled in the first constitutional challenge to “Project Exile,” a controversial program launched in ...

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Third parties can?t quash garnishment (access required)

When a television station tried to collect for unpaid advertising by garnishing the proceeds of a concert that featured ’60s pop stars, another creditor of the concert promoter could not quash the garnishment summons without posting a bond, a Charlottesville ...

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Scout claims negligent retention (access required)

An Eagle Scout who alleged he was molested by a scoutmaster can sue the Boy Scouts of America for negligent hiring and retention of the scoutmaster, who previously had been accused of molesting another scout, a Charlottesville Circuit judge has ...

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Ban on juror checks challenged in high court (access required)

Loudoun County prosecutors are taking their fight to do juror background checks to the Supreme Court of Virginia. On June 2, Loudoun County Chief Judge James H. Chamblin forbade prosecutors from running criminal and traffic background checks on prospective jurors. ...

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