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Cuccinelli gives up donation from Navy Vets figure

Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli says he will donate the $55,000 given to his campaign by the director of a Navy veterans organization that’s under investigation in several states. The donation from Bobby Thompson, whose whereabouts are now unknown, was ...

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Appeal goes ‘Up in Smoke’

On the heels of the ‘Shaggy defense’ comes a drug case out of the Maryland Court of Appeals. Our sister paper, the Daily Record, reports on a recent opinion that peppers in not one, but two, colorful pop culture references. ...

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Tower to retire as VBA executive director

Guy Tower will step down as executive director of the Virginia Bar Association in July 2011 after six years in the post. Tower, who will turn 70 next year, said in a letter to VBA President Steve Busch that he ...

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Lawyer sanctioned for ‘DOA’ lawsuit

Saying their lawsuit was “legally dead on arrival at the courthouse,” a Patrick County Circuit Court has sanctioned a veterinarian and his lawyer for pursuing a frivolous lawsuit in violation of Virginia Code § 8.01-271.1. Like the Wicked Witch of ...

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Judge blocks part of Arizona immigration law

Our sister paper in Phoenix, the Arizona Capitol Times, has been following the controversy over that state’s new immigration law. A federal judge considering the government’s challenge to the Arizona law ruled this morning. ACT Editor Matt Bunk filed this ...

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Privacy advocate prevails at 4th Circuit

Privacy advocate B.J. Ostergren, who posted state officials’ Social Security numbers as a dramatic demonstration of security lapses on official websites, won an appellate victory Monday. A 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel affirmed a district court ruling that ...

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