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Bill would give whistleblower protection for state workers

Del. Bill Janis, R-Glen Allen, wants to undo a Virginia Supreme Court decision barring state and local government workers from some protections of the state whistleblower law. Janis has prefiled legislation for the 2011 General Assembly to provide relief for ...

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‘Ambien zombies’ pose road hazard and legal challenge

Courts are beginning to address questions from arising from crimes or traffic wrecks where the accused raises a defense of involuntary intoxication from sleep aid medication. Some Texas pranksters got big laughs a while back by hacking a roadside warning ...

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Bomb threats disrupt courts in Hampton Roads

Court business was on hold for a few hours Tuesday morning in Hampton, Portsmouth, and Newport News. State courts there were evacuated and searched in response to a telephone bomb threat directed at all three localities, reports the Daily Press. ...

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Value of trailer park is appeal issue (access required)

When a Campbell County landfill was found responsible for groundwater pollution at a Rustburg mobile home park, a jury was asked to fix the damages the county owed to the landowners. The jury’s $9-million award is the subject of an ...

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Witness evaluation separates trial, appellate judges (access required)

In a few parting words, soon-to-be-retired Justice Lawrence Koontz of the Supreme Court of Virginia offered insights about appellate practice and his role in it at a recent meeting of the Ted Dalton American Inn of Court. As reported by ...

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AG: New cash proffer statute is retroactive

A new attorney general opinion may have set the stage for a court battle over whether Virginia localities can seek early payment of cash proffers from developers. Some fast-growing localities require builders to make cash payments in exchange for approval ...

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