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Melendez-Diaz found not guilty

The U.S. Supreme Court case of Melendez-Diaz v. Massachusetts was one of the bigger criminal cases of the previous decade in establishing that laboratory experts generally must testify in person rather than by affidavit. But what happened to Luis Melendez-Diaz, ...

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Court realignment dead for the year

There will be no legislation this year to realign the state’s judicial circuits and districts. But Bill Janis, R-Henrico, the patron of HB 1990, said he believes that he and Sen. John S. Edwards, D-Roanoke, “got the ball rolling” to ...

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Suit against Saltville police officer advances

A federal judge has denied a motion to dismiss civil claims against a police officer involved in a Saltville incident that started with a speeding ticket and ended with a whole family going to jail. U.S. District Judge James P. ...

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Cuccinelli opinion appears to help Capital One

Del. Bill Janis, R-Henrico, appears to be looking out for a constituent and Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli is helping him out. Janis asked Cuccinelli for an official opinion on whether credit card agreements governed by Virginia law are written contracts ...

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Assignment recordation bill killed after all

The effort to require recordation of mortgage assignments in court records is finally dead. Sen. Chap Petersen, D-Fairfax, managed to resurrect his proposal, Senate Bill 838, that would have required the recordation of mortgage assignments in court records yesterday. The ...

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Baril goes to Sands Anderson

Stephen E. Baril, a longtime litigator at Williams Mullen, has moved to Sands Anderson. “I am thrilled to be part of a firm with a litigation legacy and one that’s laser-focused on the Richmond business community and has an entrepreneurial ...

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