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Is that a firearm in your pocket, or just a replica?

Reviewing years of debate over whether various guns can be considered “firearms” when used in felonies, a divided Virginia Court of Appeals panel this week determined that a “John Wayne replica” gun was close enough when it contained all the ...

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Hassell to miss argument session

Virginia Chief Justice Leroy Rountree Hassell Sr. was hospitalized recently with an infection and will not participate in the court’s argument session next week. Katya N. Herndon, the spokeswoman for the Supreme Court, confirmed the illness and added, “I’m pleased ...

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Now you know: Don’t call the justices ‘you guys’

Here’s what NOT to do during oral argument at the Supreme Court of Virginia, according to Justice LeRoy Millette.  Millette noted lawyers twice referred to the sitting court as “you guys” during one recent session. The over-familiarity was not well ...

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Now you know: Don’t call the justices ‘you guys’

Here’s what NOT to do during oral argument at the Supreme Court of Virginia, according to Justice LeRoy Millette.  Millette noted lawyers twice referred to the sitting court as “you guys” during one recent session. The over-familiarity was not well ...

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Justice Lemons moves to Nelson County

Virginia Supreme Court Justice Donald W. Lemons has moved his home and chambers to Nellysford. Lemons’ chambers had been in the Supreme Court building in Richmond, and he had lived in Hanover County on a 3-acre tract west of Ashland. ...

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Justice Lemons moves to Nelson County

Virginia Supreme Court Justice Donald W. Lemons has moved his home and chambers to Nellysford. Lemons’ chambers had been in the Supreme Court building in Richmond, and he had lived in Hanover County on a 3-acre tract west of Ashland. ...

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Salem bar goes haute cuisine

The Salem/Roanoke County Bar Association, whose members normally dine on the banquet food at the Salem Civic Center, will aim its culinary standards a bit higher for a fundraiser in November .  Wade Anderson, gourmand, restaurant critic and appellate law ...

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Venue change granted for jailbreak trial

Montgomery County Circuit Judge Ray Grubbs has agreed to move another Morva trial. Michael Morva is accused of helping his brother, William, plan an escape from the Montgomery County jail in an 2006 incident that left both a county deputy ...

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Venue change granted for jailbreak trial

Montgomery County Circuit Judge Ray Grubbs has agreed to move another Morva trial. Michael Morva is accused of helping his brother, William, plan an escape from the Montgomery County jail in an 2006 incident that left both a county deputy ...

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Prison officials work on stopping inmate cell calls

Officials from Virginia attended a Maryland session yesterday to test devices designed to find illegal cellphones used by prison inmates. Most of the technology tested doesn’t jam cellphone signals, which is prohibited by federal law. However, legislation that would allow ...

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