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Virginia plaintiff claims Yoga fraud scheme

A former Virginia resident has joined other disillusioned devotees of a nationwide chain of Yoga facilities who claim the organization robbed them of their free will and took control of their minds and their money. Andrew Myers is suing various ...

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Willis honored by criminal law bar

The Virginia State Bar Criminal Law Section has presented its 2010 Harry L. Carrico Professionalism Award to retired Virginia Court of Appeals Judge Jere M.H. “Mac” Willis Jr. of Fredericksburg. In presenting this year’s award at the group’s meeting in ...

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The ‘Gridiron’ grip & grin

Sarah Palin. The Salahis. The “Haddocks Squared.” Dapper Congressman Jim Moran as a song-and-dance man. They all showed up last night at the George Washington Masonic Memorial (right) in Alexandria. Masonic temples may be suspected sites for secret rites, but ...

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Ad damnum, DUI cases decided by order

The Supreme Court of Virginia issued two unpublished orders today, one reaffirming the rule that you can’t get more than you sue for and the second holding that the fourth-offense drunken driving statute permits both a prison term and a ...

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Western District local rules coming soon

In what will be a novelty for the Western District of Virginia, judges plan to publish a set of local rules in the next few weeks to govern practice in the federal courts. “We’re very close,” said Chief U.S. District ...

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Nursing home’s arbitration demand denied

A Williamsburg-James City County Circuit Court has rejected a nursing home’s motion to compel arbitration of a man’s complaint that his 84-year-old mother died after developing extensive bedsores while in the nursing home’s care. The decision is the latest to ...

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Judge: Keep him where he belongs

The late comedian Richard Pryor once performed at a prison. He later confessed he expected to feel a kinship with the oppressed inmates. After he actually met some of them, however, he exclaimed, “Thank God we got jails!” That expression ...

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You have to make a proffer

Same song, only a slightly different verse. Eddie Nelson Ray wanted to call his mother to testify in his trial on charges of obtaining money by false pretenses and uttering a false bank note. The judge said no, and there ...

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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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