Civil remedial fees, also known as “abusive driver” fees, were a big deal in 2007. Designed as a way to raise money for roads without raising taxes, the fee scheme assessed big bucks for certain driving offenses. But only against ...Read More »
How much does a cop’s disclaimer count when deciding whether a suspect is actually in custody? Not much in a recent 4th Circuit case. FBI agents, some 23 strong, burst into the Chesapeake home of Willoughby Warren Colonna IV, a/k/a ...Read More »
Lawyers trying to get a decision on the merits in the Virginia Court of Appeals know they have to clear the hurdle of Rule 5A:18, which makes sure the trial court had a chance to consider any claim of error ...Read More »
The Supreme Court of Virginia has granted expedited review and will hear arguments Jan. 8 on the constitutionality of regional transportation the General Assembly adopted for Northern Virginia. That means the court will hear two related cases, Marshall v. Northern ...
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Gov. Timothy M. Kaine proposed today to spend almost $42 million to improve the state’s mental health system. Kaine made it clear that the proposals are a direct response to the massacre at Virginia Tech in April and to the ...Read More »
Denise Lunsford was elected Albemarle County commonwealth’s attorney last month, beating four-term incumbent Jim Camblos. As she prepares to take office, she has fired the county deputy commonwealth’s attorney, Richard Moore. The Daily Progress reports that Moore, who held the ...Read More »