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And Ringo was his name-O

Sean Sowards was cruising along Interstate 77 in western North Carolina one day, heading home to Ohio after visiting Atlanta. Probably had some good tunes going. He was pushing the speed limit just a little, which was 70 mph for ...

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Justices are people, too

Big week for the U.S. Supreme Court, between the Arizona immigration decision on Monday and the anticipated “Obamacare” case this morning. You can bet both the proponents and the opponents of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act have their ...

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Fees? Simple.

Many of the opinions we get at this newspaper involve a fight over who is liable for some harm or whether some statute has been violated, and who is responsible and must pay money damages. Some opinions are in a ...

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Bark the vote

A letter for Mo Morris came to Tim Morris’s house in Bedford County last week. It asked Mo to register to vote for this fall’s elections. Two problems with this: (1) “Mo” is short for Mozart, Morris’s dog. And (2) ...

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The Puritans are back in town

Let’s do the Time Warp. The Puritans are back in charge in Massachusetts. At least they seem to running the town of Middleborough, where you now can be ticketed for swearing in public, First Amendment be, uh, darned. Residents of ...

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So, who wants to be a juror?

You probably know that if you are a practicing lawyer, you can get out of jury duty. The Virginia Code provides an exemption in § 8.01-341. In addition to exempting the president, the governor and any judge of any court, ...

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Petersen won’t run for governor in 2013

Sen. J. Chapman Petersen, D-Fairfax, who had been mentioned as a possible gubernatorial candidate in 2013, took himself out of the running late yesterday. In a lengthy post on Facebook, he explained his reasons. He said he had been getting ...

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Good Guy: Rob Kaplan

Whenever we have written a story on law school placement or new associate hiring, for the past 26 years, we’ve always called Rob Kaplan, dean of career services, at the William & Mary law school to find out the scoop ...

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