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Beware disgruntled jurors

The L.A. Times offers a cautionary tale this week in a piece about how jury duty is becoming more of a hardship for members of the venire. In one civil trial, jurors who were already peeved at having to miss ...

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Doing something about the weather

We all complain, but at least one Virginia prosecutor is prepared to step up and throw the book at the weather gods for damaging public property and interfering with justice. You can read the indictment of Mother Nature at Ken ...

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‘Move-over’ law could expand

A bill to broaden Virginia’s "move-over" law has advanced in the House of Delegates. The current law requires drivers to move to the left when approaching a stopped police, fire or rescue vehicle with flashing lights. (Slowing down generally is ...

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Local bar endorses Alexander reappointment

The Franklin County Bar Association has taken the unusual step of endorsing the reappointment of a sitting judge . Franklin County Circuit Judge William Alexander was passed over when judicial reappointments were routinely approved by the General Assembly last month. ...

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Asbestos liability bill clears House

The House of Delegates has narrowly passed legislation crafted to shield one corporation from liability for asbestos claims. The vote was 49-to-48 to pass HB 629 , introduced by Del. Terry Kilgore to protect Crown Cork & Seal of Philadelphia. ...

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