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1996 New Car Guide (access required)

After a recent flurry of radical redesigns, many car manufacturers seem to be sitting back and catching their breath in 1996. That’s not to say there aren’t new models out there — just not quite as many. Pontiac, Chevrolet and ...

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DUI Double Jeopardy defense hits the ditch (access required)

The Court of Appeals rejected the DUI Double Jeopardy defense in an opinion issued last week. An 8-1 majority ruled that a license suspension after a driver is arrested for DUI does not constitute punishment that will trigger double jeopardy ...

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What's left after Tench (access required)

The double jeopardy defense is only one of several spawned by this year’s revisions to DUI law. Other defenses may continued to be argued, defense attorneys said. The most widely mentioned alternative argument is based on collateral estoppel. Under this ...

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VSB won't foot bill for legal aid (access required)

But bar will help lobby HOT SPRINGS–The Virginia State Bar will back efforts to increase state funding for legal aid programs, but it will not directly fund the programs itself. The VSB Council voted Oct. 20 to line up with ...

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Salary survey: Firms stay the course on hiring, pay (access required)

Whoever said “the more things change, the more they stay the same” must have been looking at Virginia’s legal job market. Though the year on the calendar is different, 1995 graduates have had about the same experience on the job ...

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Toxic tort victim wins $230K in Arlington (access required)

An Arlington jury has awarded $230,000 to a Pentagon employee who claimed exposure to a chemical spill caused her to become asthmatic. The verdict underscores a rise in “toxic tort” claims. The field is growing, said Fairfax attorney Robert L. ...

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Affidavit rule sent to high court (access required)

Litigants would be able to use affidavits to support motions for summary judgment under a rule change approved by the Judicial Council last week by a 6-4 vote. The justices of the Supreme Court will have the final say. Their ...

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Cops can't stop driver without Richmond decal (access required)

Failure to display a city or county decal on a car does not give police officers a basis for stopping the car and later prosecuting a passenger on gun and drug charges, the Virginia Court of Appeals has ruled. The ...

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'Slow plea' rule slow to produce consensus (access required)

Criminal prosecutors and defense attorneys will have to wait a little longer for a clear decision on the use of so-called “slow pleas” by defendants after a jury has found guilt, but before it recommends a sentence. The Judicial Council ...

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Lawyers Helping Lawyers seeking clients (access required)

Lawyers Helping Lawyers is a bit like a church without a flock. It knows there are lawyers with problems, and is confident that it can help. But the group’s problem lies in identifying those in need. “We are looking for ...

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