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More time for jury research

Here’s a bill that will provide more time to both sides for jury research. It’s another measure that made it through the Assembly without a single “nay” vote in either house. Senate Bill 382, as introduced, would have changed the ...

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A bill everyone liked

It’s not often that everyone on Capitol Hill can agree on something. But during the just-completed General Assembly session, Del. David Toscano, D-Charlottesville, secured passage for a bill that didn’t get a single vote against it as it worked its ...

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Lawyer Could-Have-Been: Peter Garrett

Midnight Oil is one of Australia’s best-known rock bands, putting out music for more than three decades. For 25 years, the front man and lead singer was a 6-foot-6 bald guy named Peter Garrett (right). Watch one of their videos ...

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Lawyers, guns and…coffee

Couple of notes from our gun laws desk, involving weapons both concealed and unconcealed: Proponents of gun rights have a reason to cheer today. The House of Delegates on Tuesday overwhelmingly (72-27) passed a bill to allow concealed handguns in ...

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New York is (Fake) Marlboro Country?

Philip Morris USA, the tobacco giant owned by Richmond-based Altria Group Inc., is on the warpath against counterfeiters, according to the Associated Press. Marlboro cigarette counterfeiters, that is. Kind of gives a whole new meaning to the old phrase, “Smokin’ ...

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Drunk bus drivers are on notice

Notes from the General Assembly… And here’s one that makes you think, surely this would already be covered by some other law in the Virginia Code. Yesterday the Senate passed House Bill 1353, which provides that anyone who “possesses or ...

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