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Harris Poll reports view of U.S. Supreme Court

As new U.S. Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan was preparing to hear her first arguments, the Harris Poll conducted a survey aimed at determining how knowledgeable Americans are about the process of confirming a justice. Forty-two percent of 2,775 adults ...

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Judge says no to ‘confidential’ settlement

Abingdon U.S. District Court Judge James Jones yesterday refused to approve two settlement agreements in an overtime pay case because the parties insisted on confidentiality. Cynthia Murphy and Teresa Hale worked for Dollar General Stores. They sued Dolgencorp Inc., alleging ...

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Wise County judge resigns

Wise County Circuit Judge Joseph R. Carico resigned last Thursday, according to a Supreme Court of Virginia spokeswoman. His two colleagues on the 30th Circuit bench announced in early June that Carico would not be hearing cases until further notice, ...

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‘New media, new ethics, new selves?’

Security cameras in stores. Employees recording conversations with their bosses. Cameras that catch red-light runners. Police putting GPS devices on vehicles. We live in a “surveillance society,” according to Professor Charles Ess, who spoke Sept. 20 at an ethics symposium ...

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McDonnell denies clemency for Lewis

Gov. Bob McDonnell has declined to intervene in the scheduled execution of Teresa Lewis. In 2003, Lewis plead guilty to two counts of capital murder for hire of her husband and step-son. She was sentenced to death on both counts, ...

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Judges informed of the costs of punishment

Judges in Missouri now have access to details of the public cost as they weigh prison time versus probation. The state’s sentencing advisory commission began this practice last month, according to The New York Times. Proponents hope that this cost ...

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The latest from the SCoVA Blog

Yesterday, the Supreme Court of Virginia published 17 opinions. Virginia Lawyers Weekly subscribers can read our analysis of the following cases on The SCoVA Blog: An invalid order, but no standing to challenge it What happens when a judge without ...

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Attorney appears before court on show cause

Update: 09/16/2010, 4:36 p.m. It was enough. Barely three hours after Crane appeared before the Supreme Court, it issued the following order: “Upon consideration of the apology proffered by William A. Crane, the Rule to Show Cause is dismissed.” An ...

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