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4th Circuit divides onchild restraint case (access required)

A child who suffers from cerebral palsy has a constitutional right to be free from unreasonable restraint, even though her condition requires her to be strapped into a wheelchair for much of the school day, a divided panel of the ...

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Richmond lawyer pleads guilty to child pornography (access required)

Richmond lawyer Thomas D. Johnston pleaded guilty earlier this month to receipt of child pornography. Johnston, 63, faces a mandatory minimum prison sentence of five years and a maximum penalty of 20 years when U.S. District Judge Henry E. Hudson ...

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Localities seek removal of ‘Ghost Fleet’ in James (access required)

NEWPORT NEWS—Local governments are appealing to federal officials and Congress to speed the removal of the so-called Ghost Fleet in Virginia’s lower James River. Officials from Suffolk, Newport News and James City County contend the James River Reserve Fleet off ...

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Legislature looking at car title lenders (access required)

A lawyer representing several car title lenders says that only about 5 percent of borrowers who fall behind in repaying their loans lose their vehicles. A legislative panel studying the high-interest loans met for the first time last week. It ...

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Gloucester supervisors seeking $42K in fees (access required)

GLOUCESTER—Gloucester taxpayers could face another $42,000 in legal fees of four supervisors whom residents tried unsuccessfully to oust last year. Attorneys for the supervisors filed a request for the additional fees last week. The request brings the total cost of ...

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Docs delaying prescriptions after hacker attack on records (access required)

Some doctors are holding off prescribing painkillers after a hacker accessed more than 35.5 million of Virginia’s most sensitive prescription drug records two months ago, a state official told a legislative panel last week. Lawmakers probing the state’s computer services ...

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4th Circuit: Officer’s entry into home was justified (access required)

The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has reversed a ruling that a police officer violated clearly established law when he entered a darkened home to investigate the whereabouts of a teenage girl. The opinion the court issued last week ...

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Effort to block Vermont order fails in appeals court (access required)

A Virginia woman who has been fighting for years to deny child-visitation rights to her former lesbian partner lost another round in the Virginia Court of Appeals last week. In a case closely watched by national gay rights and conservative ...

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