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Seeds would be part of marijuana's weight (access required)

For a criminal defendant caught with marijuana, the difference between a class one misdemeanor and a class five felony may come down to “seeds and stalk.” The state’s failure to exclude seeds and stalk when calculating marijuana’s weight can be ...

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Assembly Update for Feb. 19, 1996 (access required)

Mid-session, the General Assembly mostly is making news for what is not going to become new law in 1996. Below are some bills and measures that have been carried over, or tabled, until next year. Family court system dies for ...

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Double Jeopardy: Take a shortcut to federal (access required)

A new 4th Circuit case will change the way criminal defendants get into federal court on a double-jeopardy claim, according to an expert in Virginia criminal procedure. The case allows a defendant who thinks a retrial after a mistrial would ...

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News in Brief for Feb. 19, 1996 (access required)

Horan wins Carrico professionalism award ALEXANDRIA–Fairfax Commonwealth’s Attorney Robert F. Horan Jr. received the 1996 Harry L. Carrico Professionalism Award Feb. 9 at ceremonies held in conjunction with the Virginia State Bar’s Criminal Law Seminar. The award was established in ...

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Assembly Update for Feb. 12, 1996 (access required)

Typical legislator is a male, married, Baptist lawyer Del. William K. Barlow could be called a typical member of the General Assembly. He’s white, he’s a lawyer, he’s a married Baptist in his late 50s and fairly new to the ...

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News in Brief for Feb. 12, 1996 (access required)

Junk-mail lawsuit kicked for lack of jurisdiction ARLINGTON–Ram Avrahami subscribed to U.S. News & World Report last year, a business arrangement he believes was between him and the magazine. But when Avrahami signed up, he provided the magazine something more ...

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Testimony on evidence lost by expert excluded (access required)

A defendant doctor cannot use evidence of a medical test after her expert lost a glass slide showing the results, a Fairfax Circuit judge has ruled in a case of first impression. The slide was lost after defense experts examined ...

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Wife loses money put into business (access required)

During a divorce, a wife cannot recoup the $60,000 she contributed to a construction business started while she and her husband were married, a Fairfax Circuit judge has ruled. The husband ran the business, which ultimately failed, but the judge ...

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Alcoholic fired from her job tests limit of ADA (access required)

A woman has sued a Virginia poultry producer, claiming it violated the Americans with Disabilities Act by firing her because she was an alcoholic. The suit may be the first in Virginia to test this type of ADA claim, which ...

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Carrier's accident reports help in $3.4M settlement (access required)

A widely publicized drunken-driving accident that cost a prominent Richmond lawyer and his fiancee their lives has resulted in a $3.4 million settlement And the ability of a plaintiff to get the statements taken by an insurance company after an ...

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