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Virginia joins others in Brady law challenge (access required)

Under the mantra of states’ rights, Virginia has joined seven other states in a Supreme Court challenge to the Brady gun-control law. The law requires a five-day waiting period before the sale of a handgun. During that time, local authorities ...

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Kilgore quits cabinet to run for A.G. (access required)

ROANOKE–Secretary of Public Safety Jerry Kilgore has announced his candidacy for attorney general with a pledge to expand Gov. George Allen’s successful criminal justice reforms. “Virginians are overwhelmingly supportive of the steps Governor Allen and I have taken thus far ...

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Charlottesville may revert to town status (access required)

With the filing of a November petition, the City of Charlottesville soon may be no more. At least not the “city” part. The petition, containing over 3,400 signatures, was filed in circuit court under a 1988 state law that permits ...

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Jury finds Circuit City discriminated (access required)

Electronics retailer Circuit City systematically discriminated against blacks in promotions at its corporate headquarters, a federal jury found last Monday. The panel found in favor of two plaintiffs, while rejecting a third claim. “We are shocked that the jury could ...

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Great expectorations (access required)

Here’s an item that provides a remedy that could have been useful during the baseball playoffs. You remember, the Orioles’ Roberto Alomar and all that… A Pennsylvania drunken driving suspect who said he was provoked into spitting at a district ...

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Father can't relocate to N.C. with daughter (access required)

By Baker McClanahan, News Editor A Northern Virginia father was not allowed to move his daughter to North Carolina, under a Court of Appeals decision released last week. The man initially sought to relocate to Charlotte when the divorce judge ...

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Family & Medical Leave claim nets man $313K (access required)

An Augusta County man who was fired a few weeks after returning from medical leave for treatment of a brain tumor has won one of the country’s largest verdicts under the Family and Medical Leave Act. The man, a maintenance ...

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Compromise coming on joint custody measure? (access required)

Members of a legislative subcommittee have refused to back a proposed bill that would create a presumption of joint custody in divorce cases. But the panel stopped short of killing the measure Nov. 25, sending it to the full House ...

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Lawyers In The News (access required)

James O. Watts IV has become a member of the Lynchburg law firm of Edmunds & Williams P.C. His general practice has emphasis in the areas of tort and insurance litigitation. *** Officers for the Fairfax Bar Association for 1996-1997 ...

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Judge Hoffman dies at 89 (access required)

Senior U.S. District Judge Walter E. Hoffman, founder of the Eastern District’s fabled “rocket docket,” died Nov. 21 at age 89. Hoffman also is remembered for presiding over several historical cases, including one that ended in the resignation of the ...

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