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Youth re-enacts gang killing at murder trial (access required)

ALEXANDRIA–A teen-ager charged with killing a gang rival rolled on a courtroom floor last month at his trial to re-enact the split-second when he thrust a switchblade into the other boy’s chest. His demonstration may have saved him from a ...

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Lawyers get hint from District of Maryland (access required)

The U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland appears to be on a push to purge from its rolls many members of Virginia’s federal district courts. In a letter sent to bar members this month, Maryland U.S. District Judge ...

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Homosexual rights may get play in General Assembly (access required)

State legislators may have the opportunity to address several issues of concern to homosexuals as a result of efforts coming from opposite ends of the state. From Southwest Virginia, Del. Joseph P. Johnson Jr., D-Abingdon, is sponsoring House Bill 1589, ...

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Pilot project for evaluating judges gets approval (access required)

Judges will be able to get evaluations from lawyers who practice before them, under a pilot project proposal approved last Monday by the Judicial Council of Virginia. Under the pilot project, perceptions of a judge’s performance would be gauged by ...

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Meatpacker hit with $125M pollution suit (access required)

NORFOLK–The federal government, making good on a threat to sue Smithfield Foods, is seeking up to $125 million in fines from the meatpacker for pollution of the Pagan River. “We offered a negotiated settlement at $3.5 million, and that number ...

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Bar Groups Lift Bells, Hammers For Holidays (access required)

By Christopher Gatewood, Assistant Editor As the lawyers scramble to clear their calendars in time to spend some days away from the office for Christmas and New Year’s, several of the state’s regional bar associations have made time to give ...

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Ewing Bill Fails In Committee (access required)

The General Assembly may not revisit the issue of what is a “day” for purposes of child support during its upcoming session. A bill that would have included overnight visitations in the calculation of shared custody has died in a ...

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Federal Law Won't Back Bowman Suit (access required)

By Deborah Elkins, Executive Editor A chemist fired by a drug company cannot base a Bowman wrongful discharge claim on federal food and drug regulations, a Richmond federal judge has ruled. Bowman and its progeny allow a discharge claim when ...

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All Land Records May Go In Central Database (access required)

By Baker McClanahan, News Editor Lawyers could search and view the land records of any jurisdiction in Virginia from the comfort of their homes or offices, under a model access system recommended by state officials last week. If implemented, the ...

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Stephenson To Retire July 1 (access required)

By Christopher Gatewood, Assistant Editor Justice Roscoe B. Stephenson Jr. announced last Monday that he will be retiring from the Virginia Supreme Court in July, after 16 years on the court. Stephenson, who turns 75 in February, said he looks ...

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