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Posting juror’s address was free speech, judge rules

A Chicago federal judge today dismissed charges of threatening a juror, ruling that Web posts by a Roanoke neo-Nazi were protected by the First Amendment. U.S. District Judge Lynn Adelman held that merely publishing the address and other particulars about ...

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Database helps identify the dead

The U.S. Department of Justice has created a national database that aims to match names and histories with countless unidentified bodies. The National Missing and Unidentifed Persons System (NamUs), gives police, medical examiners, coroners and family members of missing people ...

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Judge rejects Lexington drowning case after jury hangs

Rockbridge County Circuit Judge Michael Irvine has granted a defense motion to strike a wrongful death lawsuit after a jury deadlocked over liability for a teen’s 2006 drowning at a Lexington city park. Charles Volpe, 16, drowned while swimming at ...

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Defense seeks new trial claiming juror misconduct

A Chesapeake judge is considering a mistrial motion in a murder case after a juror failed to disclose her history as a crime victim. James Boughton Jr. was previously found guilty for shooting a Mormon missionary to death. This past ...

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Defense seeks new trial claiming juror misconduct

A Chesapeake judge is considering a mistrial motion in a murder case after a juror failed to disclose her history as a crime victim. James Boughton Jr. was previously found guilty for shooting a Mormon missionary to death. This past ...

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Child support collection is up

Economic stimulus money means more opportunities for enforcement of child support obligations. Virginia collected more than $639 million in child-support payments in the past 12 months, up $10 million from the previous year, reports the Richmond Times-Dispatch. In many cases, ...

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Tech savvy lawyers using two screens

Lawyers attending the solo and small firm forum in Abingdon this week got an earful of tech tips from those traveling IT evangelists from Sensei Enterprises.  A recurring theme: lawyers who try using two monitor screens at their desk never ...

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