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News in Brief for Jan. 15, 1996 (access required)

Rule would require arrests in domestic violence Police officers in Virginia will be required to arrest the primary aggressor in domestic violence cases if legislation endorsed by a state group becomes law. The Commission on Family Violence Prevention recommended the ...

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Admissions can't be based on depositions (access required)

A defendant in a wrongful-death suit cannot serve requests for admissions that are based on discovery depositions, a Buchanan County Circuit judge has ruled. The judge refused to allow this paper discovery because he found it was improper under Virginia ...

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Suspension law invalid against girl (access required)

A high-school girl charged with drunken driving has successfully challenged Virginia’s seven-day license suspension statute. A Henrico Juvenile & Domestic Relations judge earlier this month declared the law unconstitutional when applied to juveniles. The flaw is jurisdictional, according to the ...

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Tip: Lemon Law (access required)

Lawyer’s claim stalls out because he kept using car As a consumer races to court with a lemon-law claim, must he or she stop using the car in dispute? Under Virginia’s lemon-law statute, the answer is “No.” But a consumer ...

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Selective prosecution defense bats .500 (access required)

Criminal-defense attorneys have begun trying a new argument, selective prosecution, as a potential defense in drug cases in the Eastern District. In the cases, defense attorneys claim that prosecutors are seeking indictments against blacks while not pursuing white suspects who ...

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New ED Va. Rules put off until Feb. 1 (access required)

The federal judges of the Eastern District of Virginia have delayed implementation of the new Local Rules until Feb. 1. The rules had been scheduled to take effect on Jan. 1, but printing delays hampered their publication, said U.S. District ...

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