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Appointed prosecutor tosses Gloucester charges

A special prosecutor appointed to handle grand jury charges of official misconduct by four members of the Gloucester County Board of Supervisors decided to drop the entire case.   On the motion of Assistant Virginia Beach Commonwealth’s Attorney Catherine Dodson, Substitute ...

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At long last an evidence code? (access required)

STAUNTON—Signals from the Supreme Court of Virginia indicate that a two-decade effort to establish official rules of evidence for Virginia courts may be nearing fruition, according to a lawyer who has advanced the cause since the mid-1980s. John M. Oakey ...

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No long-distance guilty plea for Vick

Circuit Judge Samuel E. Campbell today denied a defense request to allow former quarterback Michael Vick to plead guilty to state dog-fighting charges by video conference. The judge agreed with Surry County Commonwealths Attorney Gerald Poindexter that Vick should have ...

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Boyd-Graves seeks state claims data

A group of legal leaders in Virginia says the state needs to get a handle on what it pays for liability claims against state employees.  Members of the Boyd-Graves Conference, which makes recommendations for improvements in civil practice, renewed a ...

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Bloggers dodge lawsuit (access required)

Two Christiansburg bloggers hit with a $10 million lawsuit by a local businessman may face another round in court after their initial victory this month. Meanwhile, the increasing numbers of such lawsuits has led a national organization to launch a ...

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Welcome worn out

It takes a lot to try the patience of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. A persistent pro se litigant who used his pauper status to file multiple lawsuits and appeals without paying any filing fees has ...

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Vick will plead to state dog charges

Michael Vick, professional quarterback and amateur dog trainer, looks to be smoothing his path to re-entry into the football business. Documents in the Surry County courthouse indicate that Vick will plead guilty to his new state dog fighting charges.  Resolution ...

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