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Judge’s high-school flashback colors opinion

Harkening back to high-school writing assignments, an appellate judge has offered a vivid example of a “chilling effect” on speech in a First Amendment suit over a dietary-advice website. Steve Cooksey used his website, “Diabetes Warrior,” to describe how he ...

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Black picked for bankruptcy judge

Roanoke lawyer Paul M. Black has been selected by appeals court judges as a U.S. bankruptcy judge for the Western District of Virginia. He will succeed Chief Judge William F. Stone Jr. Black received his undergraduate degree from Washington & ...

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Woodruff to moderate VBA gubernatorial debate

Broadcast journalist Judy Woodruff will moderate the Virginia Bar Association-sponsored debate between Virginia’s gubernatorial candidates next month, the VBA says. “We’re absolutely thrilled to have the co-anchor of PBS NewsHour – and someone with Judy Woodruff’s experience in political coverage ...

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Plea not coerced by judge’s comments

A district court judge’s encouragement to a defendant to “think carefully” before rejecting a plea deal did not mean the defendant could say his plea was coerced, when he later suffered buyer’s remorse and wanted to withdraw his plea. Francis ...

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