Lawyers who follow the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals know the Richmond-based court is not generous with published opinions. According to a cover story in the June 2008 ABA Law Journal, the court, which has been short-handed for years, ...Read More »
Is the “high crime area” label the new “racial profiling” in Fourth Amendment jurisprudence in Virginia? In the late ’90s, the rubric of “racial profiling” came under suspicion as a poorly disguised excuse for discrimination against minorities. At a 1999 ...
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To an experienced narcotics detective, a dollar bill folded in a certain way can only mean drugs. A defense lawyer tries to get the fact-finder to see other possibilities. In Snell v. Commonwealth, police found a folded-up dollar bill in ...Read More »