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Blogging professor lists UVa as top law school

Paul Caron, author of the TaxProf Blog, has crunched a new set of numbers to rank law schools. The way Caron weighs the numbers, the University of Virginia comes out number one, as reported by the ABA Journal. Caron analyzed ...

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Diaz confirmed for 4th Circuit

The U.S. Senate has confirmed North Carolina Superior Court Judge Albert Diaz for a seat on the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, reports The Charlotte Observer. Diaz becomes the third North Carolinian on the court, and the first Hispanic ...

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Woman has no claim against peeping police, 4th Circuit rules

Voyeuristic police officers who passed around revealing photographs discovered on a defendant’s cellphone are not subject to a civil rights suit by the defendant’s girlfriend, pictured in the photos. The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Wednesday rejected the appeal ...

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Amendments would provide money for judiciary budget

Gov. Bob McDonnell proposed two budget amendments today that will affect the judiciary’s budget. He suggests $1.7 million for what he described as “longstanding priority judicial vacancies” and an additional $5.4 million to the criminal fund to help pay the ...

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Chief justice’s son pleads guilty in home invasion

Leroy R. Hassell Jr., son of the chief justice of the Supreme Court of Virginia, pleaded guilty to robbery and two other charges Thursday, apparently with no deal on sentencing, reports the Richmond Times-Dispatch. A life sentence is possible, according ...

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Gibney gets federal judgeship

The Senate confirmed John A. Gibney Jr. tonight for a U.S. District Court seat in Richmond. Gibney, a partner in the Richmond firm of ThompsonMcMullan, was recommended for the seat in September 2009 by Virginia’s Democratic Senators, Jim Webb and ...

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Bail jumpers and bounty hunters

A bail bondsman’s encounter with a man at a funeral must have looked a little like an episode of “Dog the Bounty Hunter.” Clifton L. Collins came up from North Carolina to Mecklenburg County because he heard a man he ...

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Hudson strikes down health care law

In a much-anticipated decision, a Richmond U.S. District judge has struck the mandatory insurance provision of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Describing “an individual’s personal decision to purchase – or decline to purchase – health insurance from a ...

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