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Doctor admits hiding Swiss bank account

An inherited six-figure bank account first led to international intrigue and then to possible prison time for a pediatric ear-nose-and-throat doctor in Northern Virginia. According to a Justice Department news release , Leesburg otolaryngologist Andrew Silva has acknowledged more than ...

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Beware disgruntled jurors

The L.A. Times offers a cautionary tale this week in a piece about how jury duty is becoming more of a hardship for members of the venire. In one civil trial, jurors who were already peeved at having to miss ...

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Your honor, make him stop

Don’t like being called a “patent troll”? Tell it to the judge. DNT LLC is suing Sprint and Nextel over patents covering various wireless modem cards offered by Sprint and other vendors. The case raises round-peg-in-a-square-hole questions like, does a ...

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Don’t talk, tweet, post or click

Would it have made any difference at Baltimore Mayor Sheila Dixon’s trial? Any difference, that is, if the court had had the benefit of proposed model jury instructions just out for federal judges that explicitly tell jurors to stay off ...

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