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The Louisiana Supreme Court won't hear an appeal from a man who claimed he told police during an interview to "just give me a lawyer dog,” with a justice saying the request was "ambiguous."
Interesting article regarding license suspension for ma*****na charges.
Some lawyers are encountering clouds of confusion about whether the state’s automatic license suspension for some first-offense ma*****na offenders is still in effect. Virginia judges are said to b…
"There were so many things the jury didn't know and so many questions nobody could answer but me."
Incorrect in-court identification can lead to wrongful convictions. So why are prosecutors still using this tactic?
Why are criminal courts so dependent on plea bargaining?
In another breakdown between incarceration and meeting mental health needs- a 22 year old student with mental illness was arrested and held pending trial in the DC jail. He was denied medication, denied family visitation, and denied placement in a su***de-resistant cell. He committed su***de and, to make matters worse, corrections officers falsified logs after his death to appear as though they had checked on him, stating he was doing things such as reading after he had already passed. In a wrongful death and civil rights suit, DC settled with the family and agreed to pay $500,000.
September is life insurance awareness month. Please remember to carefully review your estate plans to ensure they are up to date and your loved ones are taken car of. If you have any questions don't hesitate to call Westlake Legal Group, your local problem solvers!
Court rules "finders keepers" when it comes to over $48 million in shipwreck gold and artifacts.
In this in rem action filed by Recovery Limited Partnership in this longstanding contest over salvage rights to the gold-laden wreck of the S.S. Central A
Madison Holland suffered serious injuries to her forearm when she was bitten during a birthday party at the drive-thru zoo in May 2015
A federal judge in Milwaukeee has reportedly overturned the conviction for Brendan Dassey, the young man whose case was closely documented in the Netflix series “Making a Murderer."
The Westlake attorneys couldn't believe this:
U.S. District Judge Jesse Furman of Manhattan has been on the federal bench for more than four years, but he has presided over just one criminal trial during that time.Furman’s
Stacey Pomrenke, a former COO of Bristol Virginia Utilities Authority and spouse of Bristol JDR judge, has been convicted of involvement in a bribes-and-kickbacks scandal and this week was found guilty of contempt of court for efforts to influence potential witnesses. She has been sentenced to 34 months in prison with three years of supervised release on top of the 3 years she received for the underlying charges.
John Thompson spent 14 years in the death row. When he finally was granted a retrial and, in 2003, a jury took 30 minutes to find him not guilty.
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Adnan Syed, the subject of the popular "Serial" podcast, will receive a new trial after serving 16 years
"We are just very happy. It's not only a win for us but a win for a lot of people who are stuck in the system because it opened a lot of people's eyes about the justice system." — Yusuf Syed, Adnan Syed's brother.
Yesterday was a big day in the legal community. The US Supreme Court held that a warrant or consent is required before law enforcement can take a blood sample AND Led Zeppelin won the copyright lawsuit against them!
A jury found Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant and guitarist Jimmy Page not guilty of copyright infringement on perhaps their most famous song, "Stairway to Heaven."
The United States Supreme Court has ruled that the taking of a blood sample incident to a DWI arrest without first obtaining a search warrant is an unconstitutional violation of an accused's Fourth Amendment rights
The Loudoun County man accused of killing his estranged wife and staging her death to look like a su***de was found guilty Monday evening on all counts.
"No man is above the law and no man is below it; nor do we ask any man's permission when we require him to obey it." Theodore Roosevelt.
Abingdon, Virginia U.S. District Court rules that, without a company policy in place, and employer cannot search an employee's private e-mail account even if the employee uses the account for business and personal use.
A rural airport in Southwest Virginia is facing a trial on its former manager’s claim that the airport commission violated his privacy rights when it accessed an email account he used for work.
Be kind to your pets. They may try to testify against you in court!
Bud is an African grey parrot who may have witnessed his owner’s murder.
Westlake Legal Group has been successfully making this argument for some time now. It's great news that it is catching on!
Stop Not Justified by Yellow- Line ‘Touching’ By: Deborah Elkins May 16, 2016 Although a police officer testified that defendant appeared to be driving over the posted speed limit when he first observed him at 3:00 a.m., the driver’s “isolated acts of slight drifting” to “touch” the yellow line twi...
Facts right out of a movie. Officers testified that the defendant was walking away from them with his hands in his waistband. Video shows him walking toward officers with one hand at his side and the other hand holding a water bottle. The case was immediately dropped.
A federal gun-possession case was abruptly dismissed Thursday after a rare contradiction of police testimony by video evidence and an even rarer rebuke of police by the presiding judge.San Francisco
As we are quickly approaching the season of fairs, vacations, and summer break, please take a moment to make sure you are proactive about protecting your children. In addition to talking to your children, you may want to consider downloading the FBI Child ID app.
Put safety in your hands using the FBI's new Child ID application for your mobile phone.
Interesting article demonstrating the cultural shift's impact on the law.
An ex-spouse who enters a committed relationship with someone of the same s*x can lose support payments under Virginia law, the Supreme Court of Virginia has
"Law and order exist for the purpose of establishing justice and when they fail in this purpose they become the dangerously structured dams that block the flow of social progress." Martin Luther King, Jr.
Here's an oldie but a goody - Celebrity Estates Gone Wrong.
Have you seen the new
A lawsuit was recently filed in Fairfax County Circuit Court on the basis that the chief of vascular surgery at INOVA Fairfax Hopsital not only performed surgery on the wrong leg, but that he also included notes in the record to cover it up. Dr. Mukherjee allegedly was supposed to operate to remove blood clots from a patient's leg and when he realized he was operating on the wrong leg, he added notes to the record to try to justify operating on that leg.
When prosecutorial misconduct goes unchecked, said Hal Lieberman, a former chief counsel for a New York grievance committee, it "undermines the integrity of the entire system."
New report from our friends at ProPublica
Very interesting opinion from the 4th Circuit involving the interplay between the 2nd Amendment rights of private citizens and the 4th Amendment rights against unreasonable searches
A tip that a man left a 7-Eleven parking lot with a loaded gun did not allow a police officer to frisk the man after a lawful traffic stop, a federal appeals co
We are grateful for this recognition for the second year in a row! Thank you for your votes, support, and confidence in our representation! Without our clients, this would not have been possible. It is because of you that we are named the "Best Attorney" in Loudoun County.
17,000 US police departments stunned more than 2 million people in the past decade.
Police officers lacked clear legal guidance on when they may zap people with Tasers, the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals decided on Monday, so it made a new rule to
Police body cameras are taking hold in several law enforcement agencies in fast-growing Loudoun County, Va.
A Virginia jury has found an internet service provider liable (to the TUNE of $25 million) for its users pirating music!
NEW YORK (AP) A Virginia jury has issued a $25 million verdict against Cox Communications in an online piracy case that could mean more trouble for downloa
Seven months after a federal jury awarded an Ashburn man $662,500 in damages in a civil rights lawsuit brought against four Loudoun County deputies, the case concluded with a slightly lower settlement.
It is horrific and shameful that, in the twenty-first century, we still have news reports of law enforcement brutality.
The black college student died still strapped into the chair where his jailers beat and shocked him. If not for a camera, they might have never been charged.
After defense lawyers argued prosecutors unfairly influenced a grand jury, a Fauquier County judge dismissed seven felony charges against a former attorney accu
Turmoil in the Virginia Supreme Court: Fairfax County Circuit Court Judge Roush was appointed by Democratic Governor McAuliffe at the end of July to serve on the Virginia Supreme Court. However, in a political power play, the GOP-controlled Virginia General Assembly may flex its muscles to replace her with a Republican judge because Roush was appointed while the general assembly was out of session. The power struggle between Republicans and Democrats is leaving the Virginia Supreme Court in limbo and is putting a higher value on political parties than ability and quality of candidates.
A closer look at a favorite (and unreliable) law-enforcement tool: drug field tests.
Interesting development with Juvenile and Domestic Relations Petitions: Social workers will often file and sign JDR petitions for child abuse or endangerment. These petitions may be void because, pursuant to Virginia law, such pleadings must be signed either by an attorney or an unrepresented party. There is a limited exclusion specifically for child support, however, the exclusion does not extent to abuse or endangerment petitions.
The Virginia Supreme Court has ruled that when an original last will and testament cannot be found, the proponent of the will doesn't have to show what happened to the will, only that the person who made it did not revoke it. This means that if you find a photocopy of a will among important papers, but you cannot find the original, you need only show the person didn't revoke the will. Thoughts?
U.S. Supreme Court determines lower standard of proof for plaintiffs in excessive force claims relating to pre-trial detention as opposed to post-trial detention
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