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News in Brief for 10/16/95 (access required)

Virginia Supreme Court to take habeas petitions in death cases The Supreme Court has issued rules setting out a 60-day deadline for a death-row inmate to file a habeas corpus petition. A habeas petition would have to be filed within ...

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$8M Tylenol award OK'd (access required)

Doctors’ diagnoses pass Daubert test An $8 million verdict against the manufacturer of Tylenol was upheld last week by the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The verdict is believed to be the largest ever awarded by a jury sitting ...

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Fourth Circuit resists new definitions (access required)

Fourth Circuit resists new definitions In half-a-dozen cases in recent years, federal courts in Virginia have specifically addressed the instruction on “reasonable doubt. Possible Doubt Although the trial court told the jury that the government was not required to prove ...

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Four groups study juveniles (access required)

Several groups in Virginia state government are studying Virginia’s juvenile justice system this year. A scorecard follows. Mission: This group was appointed by Gov. George F. Allen to look at ways to prepare the system for an expected jump in ...

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