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Plea Offer Disclosure Complaint Fails (access required)

After an evidentiary hearing, the Norfolk U.S. District Court concludes that petitioner’s former  lawyer, a highly experienced federal public defender, provided the more credible account of having explained all relevant options to petitioner, including the option of pleading guilty early ...

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Developer Loses Wetlands Challenge (access required)

On remand of a Chesapeake developer’s challenge to the Army Corps of Engineers’ exercise of jurisdiction over certain wetlands in the developer’s plan for a 658-acre mixed use project in southeast Virginia, the Norfolk U.S. District Court accepts the magistrate ...

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ADA Settlement Enforced by Court (access required)

A protective services company that settled a failure-to-hire disability discrimination case by agreeing to pay plaintiff $72,000, including attorney’s fees of $28,800, and that has failed to make payments, appear in court or respond to its lawyer’s attempts to contact ...

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‘Aggravating Factors’ Survive in Piracy Case (access required)

A Norfolk U.S. District Court denies defendants’ motions to strike certain non-statutory aggravating factors in this death penalty case against alleged Somali pirates. Defendants were named in a superseding indictment filed July 8, 2011, charging them with various offenses related ...

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