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Judge avoids DUI conviction

Pleading guilty to reckless driving and refusing a breath test, J&D Judge Michael Blankenship of Wytheville will not face a charge of driving under the influence. But Blankenship still has a hit-and-run charge from a separate incident, and he has ...

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Brownlee jumps in

Hardly out the door of his office as Western Virginia’s federal prosecutor, John Brownlee is now officially in the race for Virginia attorney general. The Roanoke Times says Brownlee is styling himself “Virginia’s conservative prosecutor.” He faces patent lawyer and ...

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Homestead instead

Lawyers may be known by the conventions they attend, and conventioneering lawyers know well the Appalachian highland resorts known as the Greenbrier and the Homestead. Today, the Roanoke Times reports, labor troubles or the threat thereof have been cutting business ...

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Consumers score under Fair Credit Act (access required)

Consumers won big last week in two federal court rulings interpreting the Fair Credit Reporting Act. In one case, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld an award of $80,000 in punitive damages under the FCRA even though the ...

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Agee and Conrad tapped for 4th Circuit (access required)

President Bush’s recent nomination of two Virginia judges for the 4th U.S.Circuit Court of Appeals holds the promise of fast relief for that shorthanded court. Moreover, the president’s choice of nominees may signal a thaw in the chilly political climate ...

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