Defense attorney Jonathan K. Katz testified that he didn’t mean to ignore a trial judge’s admonition against calling witnesses “liars.” He was just so tired and stressed at the end of a 3 1/2-hour closing argument after eight days of ...Read More »
A Norfolk bar owner tried to justify his sans-permit construction of a second-story bar on the Ocean View Fishing Pier by calling it his “office.” After the pier was destroyed by Hurricane Isabel in 2003, the owner promptly began reconstruction. ...Read More »
Maybe the 4th Circuit panel thought the appellate court already had given enough guidance on how district judges should sentence criminal defendants in light of U.S. v. Booker.Or maybe it decided that it’s not a good time to be disparaging ...
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Gov. Tim Kaine wants the bill allowing judges to waive the fee caps on court-appointed pay to apply in all of Virginia’s trial-level courts. Compensation for court-appointed lawyers in Virginia ranks dead last in the nation. House Bill 2361, passed ...Read More »
To an experienced narcotics detective, a dollar bill folded in a certain way can only mean drugs. A defense lawyer tries to get the fact-finder to see other possibilities. In Snell v. Commonwealth, police found a folded-up dollar bill in ...Read More »