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Judge limits discovery of medical records in UVa murder case

A Charlottesville judge has ruled lawyers for accused killer George Huguely cannot access medical records of victim Yeardley Love other than a prescription for medication. Defense lawyers sought Love’s medical records, contending that heart problems may have caused or contributed ...

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Blogging professor lists UVa as top law school

Paul Caron, author of the TaxProf Blog, has crunched a new set of numbers to rank law schools. The way Caron weighs the numbers, the University of Virginia comes out number one, as reported by the ABA Journal. Caron analyzed ...

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‘Deferred judgment’ practice on hold (access required)

Getting a court to defer judgment may be the best a lawyer can do for a particular criminal client. But in some kinds of cases, that option has been in limbo for the last few years. Lawyers are watching closely ...

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Failure to achieve liftoff (access required)

Augusta, we have a problem. A group of budding rocket scientists has been grounded after losing a land use battle with neighbors and local government officials over a launch site in Augusta County. Last month a court-appointed commissioner turned thumbs ...

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Diaz confirmed for 4th Circuit

The U.S. Senate has confirmed North Carolina Superior Court Judge Albert Diaz for a seat on the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, reports The Charlotte Observer. Diaz becomes the third North Carolinian on the court, and the first Hispanic ...

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Woman has no claim against peeping police, 4th Circuit rules

Voyeuristic police officers who passed around revealing photographs discovered on a defendant’s cellphone are not subject to a civil rights suit by the defendant’s girlfriend, pictured in the photos. The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Wednesday rejected the appeal ...

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Chief justice’s son pleads guilty in home invasion

Leroy R. Hassell Jr., son of the chief justice of the Supreme Court of Virginia, pleaded guilty to robbery and two other charges Thursday, apparently with no deal on sentencing, reports the Richmond Times-Dispatch. A life sentence is possible, according ...

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C’ville jury gives $10.5M in wrongful death case (access required)

A Charlottesville jury has awarded more than $10.5 million to family members of a woman fatally injured when a concrete mixer truck fell on her car in 2007. The award ranks among the largest in Virginia arising from a death ...

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