Under clearly established law, publication of public safety officers’ allegedly defamatory termination letters to the media before holding a name-clearing hearing supported the officers’ claims of due process violations. Background During the summer of 2014, Officers with the Bald Head ...Read More »
A city ordinance empowering the police chief to deny a “sexually oriented business” license application if he determined that the business “would not comply with all applicable laws” was an overbroad prior restraint. Background The City of Rocky Mount, North ...Read More »
A black mannequin hanging from a noose in the defendant’s front yard was in a “public place” because it was clearly visible from a public road. Background Appellant Jack Eugene Turner lived on property adjoining a public road. Several other ...Read More »
SHORT PUMP – The Virginia Press Association will file a friend-of-the-court brief in support of a reporter’s effort to gain access to compilations of Virginia trial court records. VPA executive director Ginger Stanley told attendees at a journalism conference here ...
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A federal judge has entered judgment on a $350,000 verdict in favor of a Muslim taxi driver who claimed he was verbally abused by a Fairfax County businessman drunkenly railing against Muslims and Arabs. U.S. District Judge Leonie M. Brinkema ...Read More »
Not to be left behind by the Court of Appeals of Virginia, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has used a photograph to illustrate the subject of a North Carolina zoning dispute in a new opinion. While the Virginia ...Read More »
The Supreme Court of Virginia acted swiftly Friday to overturn a lower court’s takedown order directing a disgruntled consumer to remove critical online postings about a contractor. The high court vacated a Dec. 7 order from Fairfax Circuit Judge Thomas ...Read More »