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Patriot Games (access required)

Every criminal defense lawyers needs a “theory of defense” to develop a case, says Alexandria lawyer Jonathan Shapiro. A defense theory is a “cogent idea” that takes into account all the “bad facts” the commonwealth’s attorney has, as well as ...

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I Fought the Lawn, But the Law Won (access required)

Traffic defense lawyers will like this item, but they won’t like the ruling. Call it lawn order. A guy, who has a prior as an habitual offender, cuts his neighbor’s lawn with his ride-em lawn tractor. Leaves the mower over ...

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Cliff's Notes (access required)

A lawyer at the May 30 Roanoke/Salem Bench-Bar Conference asked the assembled jurists how soon he could communicate with the court by e-mail. The inquiry prompted Clifford Weckstein, Chief Judge of the 23rd Circuit, to query whether technology really has ...

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A Fair Argument, Except For the Bloodhound (access required)

The FBI crime lab has taken a hit in the media in terms of respect and reputation. Figure it wouldn’t take long for someone to apply the arguments attacking their procedures and credibility to their state counterparts. In Keen v. ...

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SPOTLIGHT ON VIRGINIA (access required)

What a week! Our fair commonwealth hasn’t gained this much national attention for legal goings-on since the year that John & Lorena Bobbitt and Sharon Bottoms were all in the headlines. And like last time, the whole thing has a ...

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THE DOPE DOG SEZ YOU'RE BUS-TED (access required)

The Virginia Court of Appeals made some law last week: The court extended the automobile exception for getting a search warrant to a bus. They did it thanks to a Louisiana drug dog named “K-9 Robbie.” One day in December ...

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CHECKING OUT IN A BIG WAY (access required)

Here’s another case from the frontier of Fourth Amendment litigation. A motel guest has no reasonable expectation of privacy in his room after check-out time, according to a decision handed down last week by the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of ...

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ROCK LOBSTER (access required)

A couple years ago, Hollywood gave us the heartstring-pulling tale of a boy and his whale, “Free Willy.” Now, from the Star City of the South, comes the tale of a lawyer and his lobster. Call it “Free Larry.” On ...

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LAME DUCK (access required)

Judge James L. Berry won’t be sitting on the Clarke County Circuit Court after July 31. And if one lawyer has his way, the lame-duck judge may be seeing even fewer cases as his term nears its end. Berry is ...

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Hensley For the Commonwealth (access required)

Devin Hensley, a 1996 UVa law grad, has become the new assistant commonwealth’s attorney for Gloucester County. He started working for Commonwealth’s Attorney Bob Hicks in March. And it’s a family affair. Seems Mr. Hensley and his wife both now ...

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