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Dried toothpaste was no threat, court said

A Norfolk federal district court erred when it significantly increased a defendant’s sentence for sending a threatening letter to the clerk’s office that included dried, powdery toothpaste in the letter’s envelope. Enhancing the sentence was inappropriate, according to a three-judge ...

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Court crafts warning for witnesses

When federal prosecutors tried to get an edge with potential witnesses in a criminal case, a public defender cried foul and asked the court for more time to undo the damage. Alexandria U.S. District Judge Gerald Bruce Lee not only ...

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Vet sanction upheld for dog surgery (access required)

A Virginia veterinarian can be sanctioned for a single instance of improper treatment, the Supreme Court of Virginia said in an unpublished order released on Oct. 8. Dr. Lori Leonard faced a reprimand and fine after she admitted to performing ...

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Retooling Virginia Code gender terms (access required)

Bakers who make wedding cakes for same-sex couples may find it easy to adapt by using two brides or two grooms to top a cake. Legislative drafters who are confronting a Virginia Code rife with gender-specific references may not discover ...

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