COURTS

Virginia judge jails alleged domestic violence victim for smoking pot on day of court testimony

BY: - September 17, 2021

A judge in Loudoun County interrupted the testimony of the alleged victim in a felony domestic violence trial last week to question her drug use, sentencing her to 10 days in jail for contempt of court after she said she had smoked marijuana earlier in the day. She was then “physically removed from the witness […]

In court, drug middlemen fight to limit access to pharmacies for insured patients

BY: - September 8, 2021

In the first test of a 2020 U.S. Supreme Court ruling, drug middlemen last week argued that federal law gives them a crucial right to limit what pharmacies patients with health insurance can use — or at least make it more expensive if patients get their medicine at a shop that isn’t preferred by the […]

Virginia Democrats reshape Court of Appeals with eight new appointments

BY: - August 10, 2021

Virginia Democrats quadrupled the number of Black judges and doubled the number of women on the state’s Court of Appeals with the election of eight new judges Tuesday. Members of the party said the selections would make the court the most diverse in the state’s history. “I think it’s important that when individuals look at […]

Virginia Democrats meet in private to choose finalists for eight Court of Appeals appointments

BY: - August 4, 2021

Democrats in the Virginia House and Senate met privately Wednesday to choose finalists for eight open positions on the Virginia Court of Appeals, prompting GOP lawmakers to accuse the party of breaking tradition by holding secret group interviews. “I can’t think of a single instance in which we’ve had a judicial candidate come and appear […]

Supreme Court of Virginia orders new trial for 70-year-old woman falsely implicated in attempted strawberry theft

BY: - July 9, 2021

The Supreme Court of Virginia says a jury should decide whether a Kroger manager engaged in malicious prosecution when she had shoplifting charges brought against a 70-year-old Staunton woman falsely identified as an attempted strawberry thief. Kroger had argued that it was a simple case of mistaken identity and during a trial last year, the […]

Virginia is among 36 states accusing Google of anti-competitive practices

BY: - July 8, 2021

Virginia is among 36 states suing Google over allegations the tech firm is operating a monopoly with its app store and Google Billing. In the lawsuit, Utah v. Google, the states claim Google paid off competitors and used contracts to create a monopoly for its app store on Android phones and Google Billing. “Google has really become […]

Supreme Court hands victory to transgender rights by declining to hear Virginia school bathroom case

BY: - June 28, 2021

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court said Monday that it will not hear a case of a transgender student in Virginia who was barred from using the boys’ bathroom, a decision that affirms lower-court rulings that said treating transgender students differently violates federal law. Justices on the top court offered no comment in declining to take […]

COMMENTARY

A Supreme Court ruling creates an existential crisis for the NCAA and its anachronistic idea of amateurism 

BY: - June 28, 2021

The world of bigtime college sports is about to change profoundly in ways not even experts yet comprehend because of a bombshell U.S. Supreme Court ruling against the National Collegiate Athletic Association. Last week’s unanimous and unambiguous decision in NCAA v. Alston eviscerates the American college football and basketball cartel’s business model of earning billions […]

Morrissey wins restraining order against former president of Virginia Oath Keepers

BY: - June 17, 2021

Sen. Joe Morrissey, D-Richmond, won a two-year restraining order this week against a Rockingham County man with ties to a far-right militia who had filed a Freedom of Information Act Request with his office. The bizarre case involved a violent tweet, a threatening phone call and a long-running feud between the defendant and Morrissey’s biggest […]

Virginia public defenders face resistance in push for pay parity with prosecutors

BY: - April 20, 2021

In many Virginia courtrooms, commonwealth’s attorneys charged with prosecuting crimes continue to earn significantly more than the government employees responsible for defending the accused. It’s an imbalance that bakes inequity into the criminal justice system, say public defenders, whose state-funded offices represent poor defendants who otherwise wouldn’t be able to afford an attorney. They say […]

Before lawmakers abolished the death penalty, expert public defenders had quietly defeated it themselves

BY: - March 26, 2021

Gov. Ralph Northam signed legislation ending the death penalty in Virginia this week, an outcome that even some of the most ardent abolitionists once doubted they would see in their lifetime. Behind the scenes, a reform that drew little notice when it came before the legislature almost two decades ago had already made executions a […]

Suspended investigator sues state inspector general, claims whistleblower protections in Parole Board case

BY: - March 8, 2021

A senior investigator in Virginia’s watchdog agency has filed a lawsuit claiming she was wrongfully suspended from her job last week after giving General Assembly leaders documents dealing with her investigation into wrongdoing by the Virginia Parole Board. Jennifer Moschetti, an employee of the Office of the State Inspector General, filed the suit Monday in […]