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New legal niche fermenting at W&L

We hate to miss obvious opportunities for expert commentary, especially when they’re right under our nose. We wrote last year about legal battles over the burgeoning wine industry in what used to be known as Northern Virginia’s “horse country.” Who ...

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Williams Mullen gets gag order in civil case

Unhappy with a published report about settlement talks and tawdry comments on a radio show, Richmond’s Williams Mullen law firm had a judge impose a gag order on the parties and their lawyers in a sexual harassment lawsuit against the ...

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Holt is president’s pick for U.S. Marshal

Roanoke County Sheriff Gerald Holt was today nominated by President Obama for U.S. Marshal for the Western District of Virginia.  Holt has been sheriff since 1992.  He announced his retirement last month. By Peter Vieth

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Judge dismisses one count against neo-Nazi

Ruling that communications to others urging the death of a civil rights lawyer could not be considered a “true threat,” a Roanoke federal judge has dismissed one of the convictions of neo-Nazi William A. White. Three other convictions of threats ...

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Criminal law seminar canceled

Because of a forecast for a massive snow storm, the 40th annual criminal law seminar scheduled for tomorrow in Charlottesville has been canceled. It will not be rescheduled in Charlottesville but those who registered for it may transfer to the ...

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Virginia Parole Board sued

Eleven long-term inmates of the Virginia prison system filed a class-action lawsuit today contending that the Virginia Parole Board violates state law by refusing to consider all the factors required by law when making parole decision. The board’s procedures violate ...

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Fee petition prep questioned

In our week’s worth of trend-spotting, we noted on Tuesday that law firm cutbacks and the recessionary climate may have scrambled firm workloads, with unexpected consequences for lawyers who try to get fee awards approved in court. Bingo. Last month, ...

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