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No Felony Prosecution After GDC Acquittal (access required)

On rehearing en banc, the Court of Appeals reverses a trial court judgment and dismisses felony first-degree murder and attempted murder indictments, for the reasons stated in the panel’s majority opinion dated Feb. 25, 2014 [VLW 014-7-049]. In its panel ...

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More training, tighter scrutiny suggested for private police (access required)


If a person wants to offer a professional pedicure in Virginia, he must complete 150 hours of training. But if a private citizen wants to carry a gun and make arrests, he can qualify as a “special conservator of the ...

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Man who sought to blackmail Norment pleads guilty (access required)


Virginia state Sen. Thomas K. Norment Jr., R-James City County, was the victim of attempted blackmail over purportedly “inappropriate” and “embarrassing” communications with two women, according to a government-prepared statement filed in federal court. A statement of facts filed in ...

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No Chemist Needed for Synthetic Weed Warrant (access required)

Although defendants complain the attesting police officers were not adequately trained in detecting controlled substance analogues, the officers had extensive narcotics investigation training including research into synthetic cannabinoids, and the Big Stone Gap U.S. District Court denies motions to suppress ...

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