WASHINGTON (AP) The U.S. Supreme Court has turned down an appeal from Somali men who were the first people convicted on federal piracy charges in nearly 200 years. The justices did not comment last Tuesday in refusing to go into ...Read More »
Police didn’t violate the Fourth Amendment by conducting a Terry stop of individuals loitering outside a convenience store in a high-crime area, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled in affirming a firearm conviction. An officer on routine ...Read More »
Weary of case-by-case skirmishing over discovery, the criminal defense bar has seized the initiative to push for broad change to the rules governing access to prosecutors’ files. Defense lawyers are one step closer to winning wider access to police reports ...Read More »
VIRGINIA BEACH (AP) A Virginia Beach property management company has settled allegations that it discriminated against a Hispanic woman because she didn’t speak English fluently. The woman alleged in a housing discrimination complaint that Virginia Realty Company of Tidewater Inc. ...
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A Virginia tort reform package has been launched from a House of Delegates subcommittee after trial lawyers and business groups hammered out a compromise on five key bills. Separately, the bills may look like so much tinkering around the edges ...Read More »
(AP) — The Virginia Senate will consider legislation backed by Gov. Bob McDonnell to automatically restore nonviolent felons’ voting rights after the measure won a committee’s endorsement Tuesday. The Privileges and Elections Committee voted 10-5 to endorse a resolution calling for ...Read More »
Virginia’s “relief valve” for the wrongly convicted could be opened a notch or two with changes now moving through the General Assembly. Supporters – led by Virginia’s attorney general – say reforms to the state’s “actual innocence” process could make ...Read More »