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And you thought your guy was tough to defend (access required)

Virginia trial lawyers do not often face a marathon voir dire session such as the one used to screen jurors for the securities fraud trial of pharmaceutical bad boy Martin Shkreli. Before and after his trial, Shkreli was a vivid ...

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Court denies jury view in manslaughter case (access required)


A jury hearing a criminal case will not take a trip to view an intersec­tion where the defendant’s Jeep struck a mother wheeling her child in a stroller last August. The child died and the mother suffered inju­ries, leading to ...

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Court Reinstates $2.3M Win for Pretrial Detainee (access required)

The 4th Circuit reverses a Maryland district court and reinstates plaintiff’s $2.3 million jury award against Baltimore police officers for violation of plaintiff’s civil rights in the use of questionable investigative strategies – including the officers’ failure to inform the ...

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Contractor Can Try Computer Fraud Claims Against Sub (access required)

In this dispute between a plaintiff and his company who subcontracted with defendant to supply labor on a Department of Defense contract, the Alexandria U.S. District Court grants defendant summary judgment on plaintiff’s claims for retaliation in violation of the ...

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Va. Common Law Robbery Is ‘Violent Crime’ (access required)

A Richmond U.S. District Court overrules defendant’s objection to the court’s calculation of defendant’s base offense level of 22 in sentencing him on his guilty plea to firearm possession by a convicted felon; defendant’s prior robbery conviction counts toward this ...

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