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District court’s jail waiver bars circuit court jail sentence (access required)

Where the general district court waived jail time on the commonwealth’s behalf for a defendant charged with possessing marijuana, the commonwealth cannot seek jail time in a de novo circuit court trial of the charge. Further the charge must be ...

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Documents not covered by psychotherapist privilege (access required)

Where a subset of medical records were not covered by the psychotherapist-patient privilege, the government may review those records as part of a criminal investigation into whether the psychiatrist prescribed medication for legitimate medical purposes and within the scope of ...

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‘Unite the Right’ defendants denied bond pending appeal (access required)

Where three individuals who pleaded guilty to conspiracy for their roles in the “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville did not demonstrate they would not pose a danger to others upon release, their motion seeking release on bond pending appeal ...

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Public to be notified of bombmaker’s release from jail (access required)

Where a man who unsuccessfully attempted to blow up the building where his ex-wife worked is scheduled to be released from jail because his 30-year mandatory, consecutive sentence was imposed in violation of the Constitution, victims and possible victims are ...

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