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New suspension law sparks DUI fracas (access required)

Courts test double jeopardy defense, Loudoun provides 1st written opinion A new Virginia law is sending attorneys racing to challenge administrative license suspensions and leaving prosecutors bracing for attempts to use the statute to short-circuit DUI cases. The new law ...

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Must driver challenge suspension? Most lawyers say answer is no. (access required)

Although the double jeopardy defense is becoming widely known among DUI defense attorneys, the argument raises this question: Does a driver need to challenge a license suspension to later claim double jeopardy when prosecuted for DUI? Many of the attorneys ...

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Newport News suspends use of its new pretrial order (access required)

The Newport News Circuit Court’s effort to put cases on a strict timetable like the Eastern District’s “rocket docket” has taken a temporary detour. Earlier this year, Chief Judge Robert P. Frank introduced use of the pretrial order in all ...

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Va. Beach has been down the pretrial path as well (access required)

Newport News is not the only Tidewater jurisdiction that has had difficulties creating a pretrial order that fits just right. Virginia Beach had a controversy over pretrial orders a couple of years ago. In January 1992, the Virginia Beach Circuit ...

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NOVA LAW: Voir dire–Testing a juror's English proficiency (access required)

A Vietnamese juror’s alleged difficulty with the English language and reliance on other jurors did not deprive an Alexandria criminal defendant of his Sixth Amendment right to an impartial jury, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled. The ...

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NOVA LAW: Arlington County dedicates new courthouse (access required)

Friday, March 10, marked a turning point in the history of Arlington’s courts. On that day, the county’s court, police and administrative personnel gathered to dedicate a new, 12-story courthouse. The new structure stands across the street from the old ...

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Arguing equitable distribution … two different ways (access required)

ARLINGTON–In an innovative Fairfax divorce case last year, a Circuit Court judge figuring equitable distribution gave a husband both his initial down payment on the marital home and a healthy share of the home’s appreciation. Prior to that case, Pederson ...

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NOVA LAW: Fredericksburg couple opens law practice (access required)

In the 1930s and early 1940s, two lawyers shared upstairs offices in Fredericksburg’s historic district. Their last name was Powell, and they were husband and wife. In 1945, the city newspaper bought the building. But last January, two more lawyers ...

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VSB-endorsed insurance gets okay (access required)

If you participate in the health insurance plan endorsed by the Virginia State Bar and you were worried about continuation of the program, you can rest easy. The bar’s personal insurance programs are now on firm ground, thanks to a ...

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News in Brief for March 20, 1995 (access required)

Blood test not enough for license suspension A driver’s license cannot be suspended when a blood test rather than a breath test is used to measure the driver’s intoxication, a Richmond General District Court judge has ruled. Richmond attorney John ...

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