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Old lab report procedure invalid under Melendez, court holds (access required)

Following the U.S. Supreme Court’s holding in Melendez-Diaz, the Supreme Court of Virginia has acknowledged Virginia’s former procedure for admission of lab reports in criminal trials failed to safeguard a defendant’s rights under the Confrontation Clause. The decision today in ...

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When cocktail party chatter turns legal, lawyers seek ‘safe harbor’ (access required)

It’s a scene familiar to every lawyer. You’re at a cocktail party, introduced all around, when someone asks what you do for a living. As soon as you acknowledge your profession, some stranger hits you with a legal question. As ...

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State to spend $1.5 million for prisoner re-entry programs

The allocations – half federal grant, half local and state in-kind services – will support programs that help former inmates transition back into society, according to a news release from Gov. McDonnell. The governor said the grants, targeted to three ...

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Onward, Christian lawyers (access required)

Lynchburg’s Liberty University law school wants to be known not just as a law school with a Christian mission, but also as a law school producing lawyers who are ready to go to work. Celebrating the school’s full accreditation by ...

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Judge rules prison censorship irrational (access required)

In an opinion replete with literary quotations and references, Senior U.S. District Judge James C. Turk last month overturned a Virginia prison policy that allowed Playboy magazine for inmates while banning famous literary works. Quoting Walt Whitman, James Joyce, and ...

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Legal Destination: Lawyers, Virginia

No signpost marks rural Lawyers, Va., but the tiny community once played host to attorneys and judges as they traveled on horseback and train from courthouse to courthouse. In a series on “Legal Destinations,” VLW has highlighted various locations of ...

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Sanctions ordered for ‘frivolous’ foreclosure suit (access required)

An Alexandria lawyer who has filed numerous lawsuits challenging Northern Virginia foreclosures and evictions has been hit with nearly $10,000 in sanctions by a Fairfax Circuit judge who found the allegations of one action “frivolous.” It’s not the first imposition ...

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Conrad is chief judge in Western District

Roanoke U.S. District Judge Glen Conrad is now chief judge for the Western District of Virginia. A federal statute required the change when Judge James Jones reached the age of 70 this year. Conrad ascended to the chief judge’s post ...

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Need a letter of recommendation? Watch who you ask.

College seniors working on their applications to law school should choose wisely when deciding who to ask for a letter of recommendation. With all the detail work needed for the rest of the application, the requests for recommendations might seem ...

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