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W&L names interim dean

Mark Grunewald (right), a law professor at Washington and Lee University since 1976, will become interim dean on July 1. The current dean, Rodney A. Smolla, is leaving to become president of Furman University in Greenville, S.C. A graduate of ...

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4th Circuit on bolstering, Batson

A Richmond federal prosecutor crossed a line during closing argument in a weapons trial when she told the jury that two government witnesses “told the truth,” the 4th Circuit says. Federal precedent says it is improper for a prosecutor to ...

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Too many John Grisham plots?

House Bill 1306 would require jurors to provide a Social Security, voter registration card or photo identification when they assemble for juror selection. If a juror doesn’t have the ID with him, he must sign “a statement affirming, under penalty ...

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Griffith aiming for Congress

Virginia House majority leader Morgan Griffith, R-Salem, is hoping to challenge long-time Rep. Rick Boucher for the 9th District Congressional seat, reports The Roanoke Times . “It’s going to take a lot of time and money, but I believe it ...

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The Supreme Court of Virginia issued two unpublished orders today, one reaffirming the rule that you can’t get more than you sue for and the second holding that the fourth-offense drunken driving statute permits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