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Spouses who split can bid on pooch

We tracked recent developments in canine case law in our “dog days” special in August. Here’s a new divorce case out of Roanoke in which Judge Robert P. Doherty Jr. made a solomonic decision to let a divorcing couple bid ...

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“Duuude…”

So many ways to say it, so many meanings. The “Dude” salutation started with surfers, skaters and stoners, according to urban lore. Bud Light beer’s “Dude” commercials, starting in 2007, highlighted the many subtle shadings of the word. But you ...

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Bankruptcy Judge Mitchell to retire

Alexandria Bankruptcy Judge Stephen S. Mitchell is retiring in August, and the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is seeking applications for his successor. Mitchell, 65, was appointed to the bankruptcy court in December 1994 after practicing law for 15 ...

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Bankruptcy Judge Mitchell to retire

Alexandria Bankruptcy Judge Stephen S. Mitchell is retiring in August, and the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is seeking applications for his successor. Mitchell, 65, was appointed to the bankruptcy court in December 1994 after practicing law for 15 ...

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Single blow not ‘unlawful wounding’

Is there a two-blow rule for a bare-knuckled fight, before it counts as unlawful wounding? The question arises from today’s reversal of an unlawful wounding conviction by the Virginia Court of Appeals in Worrell v. Commonwealth. Defendant Demonte Worrell’s actions ...

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