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Feds move to ban ‘Spice’

The DEA is not waiting for the legislative process to take action against synthetic marijuana. While legislators in Virginia and around the country have been drafting bills to ban the chemical pot, sold legally under names like “Spice” and “K-2,” ...

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‘Hot tub’ lawyer sanctioned by federal judge

A lawyer trying to locate evidence to bolster his lending fraud case stepped over the line when he met with a witness that he knew was represented by counsel in a related matter, a federal judge has ruled. The evidence ...

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‘Hot tub’ lawyer sanctioned by federal judge

A lawyer trying to locate evidence to bolster his lending fraud case stepped over the line when he met with a witness that he knew was represented by counsel in a related matter, a federal judge has ruled. The evidence ...

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Williamsburg patent lawyer charged with UPL

A Williamsburg grand jury has returned an indictment charging patent attorney Bambi Walters with practicing law without a license, according to the local prosecutor. Williamsburg/James City County Commonwealth’s Attorney Nate Green said the charge resulted from a Virginia State Bar ...

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‘Writ of injunction’ fails to impress judge

An Augusta County man facing eviction from his foreclosed home brandished a novel legal weapon to try to halt the proceedings, to no avail. Daniel Taylor, who counts himself part of the “sovereign citizen” movement, told Circuit Judge Victor Ludwig ...

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Search by police posing as home buyers was not illegal (access required)

The Court of Appeals of Virginia refused to overturn a felon-in-possession conviction of a Shenandoah County man where police confirmed the presence of guns and ammo by pretending to be home buyers taking a tour of the house. Authorities got ...

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Sweet Stakes: Video sweepstakes games draw attention of prosecutors, legislators (access required)

Virginia prosecutors are looking for guidance from both judges and legislators as they face a proliferation of video sweepstakes games that some claim are illegal under the state’s gambling laws. While game operators contend they are in a “safe harbor” ...

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