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‘Sleep-driving’ remains a difficult defense

Another attempt at the “Ambien zombie” defense has come to naught at the Virginia Court of Appeals. As we noted last month, some sleep-inducing drugs such as Ambien apparently can cause users to take to the streets while still in ...

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Court to try age-bias case based on ‘skills’ comment

An age-discrimination case based on a demand for “21st Century skills” is set for trial in Richmond federal court this month. The case turns on what a school superintendent meant when he justified replacing the school system’s 60-year-old chief public ...

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Habeeb to run for Griffith’s seat

Republicans have wasted little time throwing hats into rings after GOP state legislators were elected to Congress last week. Roanoke lawyer Greg Habeeb announces today he will run for the House of Delegates seat to be vacated by Rep.-elect Morgan ...

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What if your jury’s quarantined?

Just in time for flu season, the Supreme Court of Virginia has released its “Pandemic Influenza Bench Book for Virginia’s Court System.” It’s a 314-page prescription for dealing with an outbreak of infectious disease that could threaten the orderly operation ...

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Amusement industry watches ‘Internet Café’ case

A Roanoke County challenge to seizure of money and equipment from an “Internet parlor” has the attention of both the amusement industry and federal and state law enforcement officials. Represented by state Sen. John Edwards, Ronnie Bennett is suing the ...

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Settlement sealed for two years

A federal judge who balked at a request to seal a settlement has decided the parties have good cause, after all, to keep it confidential, at least for a while. In late September, Abingdon U.S. District Judge James P. Jones ...

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LGA riders in the wind

The weather was cool but the fall colors were at their peak as a gaggle of local government attorneys hit the streets of Roanoke Friday for a motorcycle tour of the Piedmont. The motorcycle tour was organized by Fredericksburg city ...

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‘Flaming bartenders’ avoid conviction

A Fairfax County judge dismissed misdemeanor charges against two bartenders who once faced felony counts for their “fire breathing” trick at a Herndon tavern. The Fairfax County fire marshall arrested the pair in July after witnessing them perform the “flaming ...

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Too young to be sued?

Although the age at which a child becomes capable of negligence was brought into question, a N.Y. judge has ruled that a lawsuit can proceed against a 4-year-old. According to The New York Times, 4-year-old Juliet was racing her bicycle ...

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