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Pushing the hot buttons

The 2016 Virginia General Assembly will open in a week, on Jan. 13. Last year’s session was orderly and business-like. Looks like the legislature will make up for it this time around. For starters, the Republicans in the Assembly apparently ...

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Editorial: A missed opportunity

The Supreme Court of Virginia has sidestepped a chance to improve the quality of criminal justice in the commonwealth. Last month, the court declined to adopt the recommendations by a special committee the court appointed to study improvements to the ...

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ABOTA is back. The Virginia chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates has enjoyed a renaissance during the past year under President Irv Cantor. Cantor rushed eight new members for the group, which has about 50 lawyers in the ...

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A tri-cornered hat-tip

Here’s a shout-out to one of the sometimes-overlooked greats from the early days of this country – George Mason of Fairfax County. Today, Dec. 11, is his birthday. That would be 290 candles if he was still around. Mason has ...

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Headline of the Day

Journalist Jim Romenesko, whose jimromenesko.com was the go-to site for journalism news, trade gossip and industry insight, may have retired, but he still tweets and posts every now and then. Romenesko long has been a source for prime Headline of ...

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Bills on the Hill

Thanksgiving. Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa. New Year’s Eve. All great holidays and cause for celebration. But the party really gets going in mid-January when the General Assembly returns to Richmond for the 2016 session. Already delegates and senators are lining ...

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Dangling ‘cluster’ backs driver’s stop (access required)


The Virginia Court of Appeals has handed down yet another decision on the commonwealth’s “dangling objects” statute. And yet another defendant is going to prison. The intermediate court declined an opportunity to review the constitutionality of the statute, Virginia Code ...

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