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Representing unpopular clients (access required)

As attorneys involved in representing people accused of committing crimes, naturally we are both acutely aware of several provisions of the U.S. Constitution. The Fifth Amendment provides that no person “shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a ...

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Judge: ex-detective charged with crime that doesn’t exist (access required)

A former detective who admitted to altering multiple search warrants could not be prosecuted for malfeasance in office, as the charge is not a crime under Virginia law, a 12th Circuit Court judge has ruled. Robert W. Sprouse, a now-former ...

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Whistleblower can be sued for breach of NDA (access required)

A federal contractor’s claim that a whistleblower breached a nondisclosure agreement, or NDA, by disclosing the company’s confidential information to media outlets has survived dismissal. The contractor alleged that the whistleblower’s disclosures caused it reputational and financial harm. The whistleblower ...

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Courthouse creates first-of-its-kind children’s room (access required)

On the second floor of the Henry A. Vanover Judicial Center in Clintwood sits a room stocked with books and toys for the Dickenson County Courthouse’s youngest visitors. The children’s waiting room, described as a “first of its kind” project ...

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