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Prosecutorial immunity case settled

We’ll never know if former U.S. Solicitor General Paul Clement had persuaded the U.S. Supreme Court to rein in the doctrine of absolute prosecutorial immunity. But he was certainly persuasive to the defendants in a case in which two men ...

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4th Circuit rejects Moussaoui appeal

The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed today the conviction and life sentence of Zacarias Moussaoui on charges related to the terrorist attacks on the Pentagon and World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001. Moussaoui pleaded guilty to the ...

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Juror records Las Vegas courthouse shootout

A man called to jury duty captured the sound of wild gunfire this morning at the federal court building in Las Vegas.  The shootout left two dead, including a court security officer. Posted by Peter Vieth

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Deputies injured in courthouse shooting

Two deputies have been injured in a shooting incident involving an inmate at the Fauquier County courthouse, according to published reports. The Associated Press said the inmate was in custody and the deputies were taken for medical care.  WUSA reports ...

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McDonnell wants drilling off Va. coast

Gov.-elect Bob McDonnell wants the federal government to get cracking on exploration for oil and natural gas off Virginia’s coast. In a letter to U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar made public today, McDonnell wrote, “A key priority for us here ...

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Judges on the move

As the year draws to a close, two Virginia judges (and one former judge) have announced career changes for 2010: Petersburg J&DR Judge James Hume plans to trade the bench for the pulpit after he steps down this month. A ...

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Inmate lawsuit survives Twiqbal motions

U.S. District Judge Glen Conrad has denied motions to dismiss excessive force and conspiracy claims filed by a former jail inmate who claims he was injured by guards at the Roanoke jail. Relying on the touchstone cases of Twombly and ...

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McDonnell names Cabinet officers

Gov.-elect Bob McDonnell has appointed three members to his cabinet, including two lawyers. Lisa Hicks-Thomas of the attorney general’s office will be his Secretary of Administration, reports the Richmond-Times Dispatch. According to a press release from the govenor-elect’s office, Hicks-Thomas ...

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