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4th Circuit to revisit habitual drunkard law (access required)

The full 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will reconsider a challenge to a Virginia law that allows police to arrest people designated as “habitual drunkards” if they are caught with alcohol. A three-judge 4th Circuit panel upheld the law Aug. 9, reasoning that Virginia has a “legitimate interest” in discouraging alcohol abuse. In a Nov. 8 ...