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Author Archives: Larry O'Dell

Virginia law barring inmate use of FOIA is challenged (access required)

(AP) A law barring inmates from using the state Freedom of Information Act likely is rooted in stereotypes and prejudice, a lawyer for one of Virginia’s most prominent prisoners told the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Dec. 6. Steven ...

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State's tough commitment laws likely to be debated (access required)

(AP) Virginia makes it tougher than all but four other states to force treatment on a person showing signs of mental instability—a distinction that is sure to be fiercely debated in the aftermath of the Virginia Tech massacre. State law ...

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Navy lawyer is charged with transmitting secret information (access required)

(AP) A Navy lawyer has been charged with copying and transmitting secret information about Guantanamo Bay detainees to an unauthorized person. Lt. Cmdr. Matthew M. Diaz, who was stationed at the U.S. base in Guantanamo Bay for six months, could ...

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Luttig resigns from 4th Circuit to take position at Boeing (access required)

(AP) Judge J. Michael Luttig, mentioned last year as a possible Supreme Court nominee, resigned last Wednesday from the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to accept a job as senior vice president and general counsel for Boeing Co. Luttig, ...

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Session to be remembered for more than legislation (access required)

(AP) Other than another failure to complete work on a budget, what will Virginians remember about the 2006 General Assembly? In a floor speech on the final day of the 60-day session March 11, House Majority Leader H. Morgan Griffith ...

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VSB Honors UR Law Student (access required)

(AP) — As he watched smoke billow from the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001, Amandeep Singh Sidhu’s anger over the attack on his country slowly changed to trepidation over the misguided backlash he knew he and other Sikhs would face ...

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Court-Appointed Attorneys Will Be Getting Meager Raise (access required)

(AP) – The additional $2 million the General Assembly approved to pay court-appointed attorneys does little to improve Virginia’s miserly indigent defense system, lawyers and advocates say. Attorneys appointed to represent poor defendants at taxpayer expense will be paid $4 ...

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Supreme Court Strikes Law Against Sex Between Singles (access required)

(AP) — The Supreme Court of Virginia on Jan. 14 struck down an ancient and rarely enforced state law prohibiting sex between unmarried people. The unanimous ruling strongly suggests that a separate anti-sodomy law also is unconstitutional, although that statute ...

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