Pleading guilty to reckless driving and refusing a breath test, J&D Judge Michael Blankenship of Wytheville will not face a charge of driving under the influence. But Blankenship still has a hit-and-run charge from a separate incident, and he has ...Read More »
The full US Senate has confirmed the nomination of Virginia Supreme Court Justice Steven Agee to the 4th US Circuit Court of Appeals. Senate Judiciary Chair Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) has this news release. The Roanoke Times has additional perspective.
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Hardly out the door of his office as Western Virginia’s federal prosecutor, John Brownlee is now officially in the race for Virginia attorney general. The Roanoke Times says Brownlee is styling himself “Virginia’s conservative prosecutor.” He faces patent lawyer and ...Read More »
The Washington Post reports that the U.S. Supreme Court has removed its bar to Virginia’s planned execution of Danville murderer Christopher Emmett. The move sharpens the focus on the 4th Circuit, which is considering Emmett’s challenge to the method of ...Read More »
Lawyers may be known by the conventions they attend, and conventioneering lawyers know well the Appalachian highland resorts known as the Greenbrier and the Homestead. Today, the Roanoke Times reports, labor troubles or the threat thereof have been cutting business ...Read More »
Is the “high crime area” label the new “racial profiling” in Fourth Amendment jurisprudence in Virginia? In the late ’90s, the rubric of “racial profiling” came under suspicion as a poorly disguised excuse for discrimination against minorities. At a 1999 ...
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An e-mail early this morning from former U.S. Attorney John Brownlee said only that he is having a press conference tomorrow “to announce his decision regarding his potential candidacy for attorney general for the commonwealth of Virginia.” There’s a subtle ...Read More »
Two enterprising West Virginia lawyers are soliciting clients to sue West Virginia University, claiming that the school’s decision to award a degree to an under-qualified but well-connected candidate has diminished the value of its degrees across the board. The Huntington ...Read More »