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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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Facebook ‘sideshow’ no distraction, lawyer says (access required)

The fight over a wrongful death plaintiff’s Facebook page led to an ugly discovery dispute, with sanctions for the plaintiff’s lawyer for accusing opposing counsel of “hacking” and a spoliation claim for the plaintiff’s deletion of photos from his Facebook ...

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Court halts local government hearings (access required)

Acting with uncommon speed, the Supreme Court of Virginia this month ordered a halt to two planned local government hearings in Prince William County. The unusual order, staying appeals to the county board of zoning appeals and board of supervisors, ...

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Lawyer gets ‘landmark’ win for Social Security claimant (access required)

Social Security disability cases often are fraught with denials and delays, but a recent decision in favor of a 52-year-old former nursing assistant traveled an exceptionally tangled path. Janice Traynham’s claim for benefits was considered in four hearings before administrative ...

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