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Warrantless GPS tracking approved

Arlington County Circuit Judge Joanne Alper ruled that there was no 4th amendment violation when, without a warrant, police attached a GPS tracking device to a suspect’s van and followed his travels around the community. According to the Arlington Connection, ...

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Governor marks DNA milestone

The Virginia Department of Forensic Science has obtained its 5,000th hit to Virginia’s Offender DNA Databank, according to a news release from the governor’s office. A “hit” occurs when a DNA profile developed from any biological fluid, tissue, or hair ...

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Governor marks DNA milestone

The Virginia Department of Forensic Science has obtained its 5,000th hit to Virginia’s Offender DNA Databank, according to a news release from the governor’s office. A “hit” occurs when a DNA profile developed from any biological fluid, tissue, or hair ...

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Prisoner accused of Holocaust scam

Federal authorities have accused an inmate in a Virginia federal prison of identity theft, possibly for the purpose of filing false claims for benefits intended for Holocaust victims and their descendants. According to an indictment, John Kenneth Leighnor Jr., 49, ...

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AG sues furniture company

A lawsuit filed by Virginia’s attorney general demands injunctive relief, consumer refunds and civil penalties from HomeSpun Home Fashions of Petersburg.  Attorney General Bob McDonnell claims the company failed to timely ship more than 100 orders.  McDonnell said that HomeSpun ...

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Med-mal cap fight on horizon for 2009 (access required)

Familiar battle lines between plaintiffs’ lawyers and doctors will be forming soon over a possible increase in Virginia’s $2 million cap on damages in medical malpractice cases. The arena has been quiet for nine years as the malpractice cap advanced ...

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