As reported at SCOTUSblog, the U.S. Supreme Court today upheld the conviction of a West Virginia man under a federal law that bans firearm possession for people convicted of domestic violence. The 4th Circuit Court of Appeals had ruled that ...Read More »
Unless Gov. Kaine intervenes, convicted cop killer Edward Bell will be executed later this week. The Associated Press (by way of the News & Messenger) reports that Bell was supposed to be executed last year for the 1999 shooting death ...Read More »
What part of “not to be presumed reasonable” don’t you understand? That appeared to be the question the U.S. Supreme Court had for the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals today in reversing and remanding a 360-month sentence imposed on ...Read More »
The full 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will review the constitutionality of Virginia’s law barring partial-birth abortions. The case has along history that began with the adoption of the law by the General Assembly in 2003. A physician and ...Read More »
A divided panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld yesterday the constitutionality of the lethal injection procedures Virginia uses to execute inmates sentenced to death. The opinion, Emmett v. Johnson, had been watched closely because it was ...Read More »
The Washington Post reports that the U.S. Supreme Court has removed its bar to Virginia’s planned execution of Danville murderer Christopher Emmett. The move sharpens the focus on the 4th Circuit, which is considering Emmett’s challenge to the method of ...Read More »
We’re still waiting for the Virginia Lawyers Weekly interview with Antonin Scalia, but if you have been wondering why the notably media-wary justice has suddenly embraced electronic attention (other than book promotion, of course), there’s this bite from a new ...
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