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Group Can Intervene in Stormwater Dispute (access required)

The Roanoke U.S. District Court says the Chesapeake Bay Foundation may intervene in Norfolk Southern Railway Company’s suit against the city of Ro­anoke claiming the city’s stormwater utility ordinance violated the federal Railroad Revitalization and Regula­tory Reform Act of 1976; ...

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Coworkers’ Comments Exhausted in EEOC Charge (access required)

A Caucasian hospital worker, mar­ried to an African-American man and the mother of biracial children, who alleges her white coworkers, includ­ing her supervisor, made persistent disparaging remarks about interracial relationships and interracial children, has exhausted her race discrimina­tion claim in ...

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Search Warrant Upheld Despite Omitted Fact (access required)

A woman convicted of crimes relat­ing to her unlawful receipt of social security survivors’ benefits for her granddaughters after their mother died cannot overturn her convictions by claiming the agent investigating her and her husband recklessly omit­ted from the affidavit ...

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Control Over Contractors Is Test for ‘Political Question’ (access required)

In its fourth consideration of four Iraqi nationals’ suit alleging they were abused by private contractors while in U.S. Army custody at Abu Ghraib prison, the 4th Circuit says the district court erred in its analysis of whether the political ...

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Appeals Court Splits Over ‘Invited Error’ (access required)

On rehearing en banc, a divided Court of Appeals upholds defendant’s grand robbery conviction, as the majority says defendant’s lawyer conceded at her robbery trial that the commonwealth had proved grand lar­ceny; we hold that defendant invited error when she ...

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