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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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Does prior DUI without lawyer count? (access required)

The Supreme Court will have the final word on a third-offense DUI case that splintered the Court of Appeals earlier this year. The case involves the prior convictions a judge can use to enhance DUI punishment. An Henrico County trial ...

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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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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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