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News in Brief for Jan. 8, 1996 (access required)

Federal driving suspension creates double jeopardy A one-year suspension of driving privileges on a military base for drunken driving creates double jeopardy when the defendant is later tried on criminal DUI charges, a federal judge has ruled in Alexandria. The ...

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Old computers net Fairfax tax refund (access required)

A consulting firm has won a half-million dollar tax refund because Fairfax County charged it too much business property tax for its computers. According to a Fairfax Circuit judge, the county’s tax-assessment scheme did not adequately consider what even novice ...

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Tip: Attorneys' straight talk untangles divorce knots (access required)

“Exercise more” and “eat healthier” are two New Year’s resolutions that top many self-improvement lists. But at work, divorce lawyers should consider a different goal: Settle cases more often. In spite of the acrimony, the recriminations and the emotional overtones, ...

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Lawyers can aid divorce mediation (access required)

As a tool for settling divorce cases, mediation is on the forefront, but some lawyers may resist it as giving away their business. As an intermediate option, those skeptics might consider lawyer-assisted mediation. Virginia Beach lawyer Winship C. Tower, chair ...

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Blacks charge selective prosecution in drug ring (access required)

NORFOLK–Two defendants charged in a crack distribution ring have asked that charges be dismissed because authorities selectively prosecuted blacks in the alleged conspiracy, while leaving whites unindicted. The widely followed case may be decided by a showdown between the judge ...

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Making a defense case (access required)

Defense attorneys may be able to use selective prosecution as a defense in other drug conspiracy cases, but they will need to do a little leg work. In U.S. v. Olvis, the two defense attorneys developed two key sources of ...

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Hanover judge's reelection bid goes public (access required)

In an unusual move, legislators next month will call an open hearing on the reelection of Hanover Juvenile & Domestic Relations Judge Nina K. Peace. The forum will follow closed-door questioning by lawmakers earlier this month. Peace is one of ...

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Legal links abound on the World Wide Web (access required)

I have a confession to make: I’m not a lawyer. I haven’t even played one on T.V. So as a self-respecting journalist, when I needed to learn more about the law, I did a little research. In the days of ...

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News in Brief for 12/25/95 (access required)

Richmond man absolved of bystander shooting One would expect a lawyer testing a novel California legal theory in a criminal case to be the defense counsel. But the prosecution tried it before the Court of Appeals in a bystander case ...

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REVIEW GRANTED (access required)

Review Granted provides a brief synopsis of recent cases in which the Virginia Supreme Court has granted petitions for appeal. This feature appears in the last issue of Virginia Lawyers Weekly each month. The information provided comes from the successful ...

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