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News in Brief for April 22, 1996 (access required)

VSB Disciplinary Actions Woodbridge attorney J. Burkhardt Beale has received a public reprimand with terms from the Third District–Section I subcommittee of the Virginia State Bar. The order entered by the committee stated that Beale had entered into an agreement ...

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Bad job reference was defamatory (access required)

A man can sue his former boss for defamation based on a negative job reference, a Richmond Circuit judge has ruled in a case of apparent first impression. Since employers are called frequently for references on past employees, the decision ...

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DUI double jeopardy turned down (access required)

The double-jeopardy argument in drunken-driving cases is taking its last gasp in Virginia’s state courts. The Virginia Supreme Court has dismissed the petition for appeal in the seminal case decided by the Court of Appeals. The case, well-known to criminal ...

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