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‘Silence is commanded…’

When a disgruntled defendant insisted on offering his views of the legal process and his own lawyer’s competence during a preliminary hearing last week, Canton (Ohio) Municipal Court Judge Stephen Belden found a handy solution.  He ordered the defendant’s mouth ...

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‘Silence is commanded…’

When a disgruntled defendant insisted on offering his views of the legal process and his own lawyer’s competence during a preliminary hearing last week, Canton (Ohio) Municipal Court Judge Stephen Belden found a handy solution.  He ordered the defendant’s mouth ...

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Pleading standard promotes removal (access required)

A one-page slip-and-fall complaint filed in a Virginia state court has run afoul of stringent new federal pleading standards following removal of the case to U.S. district court. Defendants often look for reasons to remove cases to federal court in ...

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Ex-sheriff pleads to RICO charge

Former Page County Sheriff Danny Presgraves admitted to obstruction of justice and misuse of inmate labor before U.S. District Judge Glen Conrad Friday morning in Harrisonburg. Presgraves faces up to 20 years in prison on the federal racketeering charge, and ...

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Ex-sheriff making a plea deal

Former Page County Sheriff Danny Presgraves is expected to plead guilty to some of the charges against him in a wide-ranging indictment that included allegations of public corruption and sexual assault. The Roanoke Times reports a plea hearing is set ...

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