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Westlake Legal Group is available to represent you in court, or to merely advise you on proposed actions. Our attorneys are admitted in all the Courts of the Commonwealth of Virginia, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, the U.S. Bankruptcy Courts in the Eastern and Western Districts of Virginia, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, and the United States Supreme Court.

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10/31/2017
Court rules request for 'lawyer dog' too 'ambiguous'

Happy Halloween from Westlake Legal Group!🎃 We thought this article was interesting!

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.
10/25/2017
Courts differ on ma*****na suspension law

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…

The Marshall Project
08/02/2017
The Marshall Project

"There were so many things the jury didn't know and so many questions nobody could answer but me."

The Marshall Project
07/14/2017
The Marshall Project

Incorrect in-court identification can lead to wrongful convictions. So why are prosecutors still using this tactic?

10/03/2016

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.

09/28/2016

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!

08/11/2016

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.

The Marshall Project
08/04/2016
The Marshall Project

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.

Adnan Syed, the subject of the popular "Serial" podcast, will receive a new trial after serving 16 years
06/30/2016
The Marshall Project

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 l...
06/24/2016
Led Zeppelin did not copy 'Stairway to Heaven' intro, jury finds

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!

http://money.cnn.com/2016/06/23/media/stairway-to-heaven-trial-verdict/

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."

06/14/2016

"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 empl...
06/13/2016
Man can sue for unauthorized access to his email

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.

http://valawyersweekly.com/2016/06/10/man-can-sue-for-unauthorized-access-to-his-email/

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.

Westlake Legal Group has been successfully making this argument for some time now. It's great news that it is catching o...
05/20/2016
Stop Not Justified by Yellow- Line ‘Touching’

Westlake Legal Group has been successfully making this argument for some time now. It's great news that it is catching on!

http://valawyersweekly.com/2016/05/16/stop-not-justified-by-yellow-line-touching/

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 waist...
05/17/2016
Feds drop gun case and judge blasts police after security camera contradicts officers' testimony

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.

http://www.abajournal.com/news/article/feds_drop_gun_case_after_video_contradicts_police_testimony_judge_blasts

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 ar...
05/12/2016
Child ID App

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.
https://www.fbi.gov/news/stories/2011/august/child_080511

Put safety in your hands using the FBI's new Child ID application for your mobile phone.

05/05/2016

"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.

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05/05/2016
04/18/2016

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.

The Marshall Project
03/30/2016
The Marshall Project

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 citize...
03/01/2016
Frisk-averse: pat-down nixed

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...
02/20/2016

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.

It is horrific and shameful that, in the twenty-first century, we still have news reports of law enforcement brutality.h...
10/13/2015
Cops Almost Got Away With Torturing Matthew Ajibade to Death

It is horrific and shameful that, in the twenty-first century, we still have news reports of law enforcement brutality.

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/10/13/cops-almost-got-away-with-torturing-matthew-ajibade-to-death.html?account=thedailybeast&medium=twitter

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.

08/17/2015

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.

07/20/2015

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.

06/30/2015

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?

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