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The Supreme Court of Virginia ruled Thursday that police in Fairfax County can resume a surveillance program that passively logged the date, time and location license plates pass by one of their automated readers.The decision overturns a Fairfax County judge’s ruling last year that the data collection program violated...
Virginia lawmakers passed a closely watched bill Friday aimed at ensuring people can exercise their right to a jury trial without risking much steeper punishments.Criminal justice reform advocates frequently called the legislation one of the most important changes the General Assembly could adopt during a special legislative session that...
WASHINGTON — A University of Virginia law professor defended Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s nomination to the highest court in the U.S. during Thursday’s Supreme Court confirmation hearing.Saikrishna Prakash, a conservative who clerked for Justice Clarence Thomas, said that Barrett’s success as a law professor at Notre Dame would help...
By Calvin Schermerhorn, Arizona State UniversityAs a political battle over the Supreme Court’s direction rages in Washington with President Donald Trump’s nomination of Amy Coney Barrett, history shows that political contests over the ideological slant of the court are nothing new.In the 1860s, President Abraham Lincoln worked with fellow...
A group that represents landlords around the state is asking the Supreme Court of Virginia to make it easier for them to move eviction lawsuits through the court system.In a letter late last week to Chief Justice Don Lemons, the Virginia Apartment Management Association requested the court issue an...
Federal Judge Amy Coney Barrett will face the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee starting today for what’s expected to be an unusual and contentious four days of hearings on her nomination for the Supreme Court.Democrats sought unsuccessfully to block those hearings, raising concerns about the short time frame before Election...
How much leeway states have to control drug middlemen was at the heart of arguments Tuesday before the U.S. Supreme Court.  The case, Rutledge v Pharmaceutical Care Management Association, pits 47 state attorneys general (including Virginia's) and the U.S. Solicitor General against an industry group representing three of the 20 largest...
Republican legislators in North Carolina had been contemplating legislation that would require photo identification to vote.The bill had plenty of support, but it had spent the past two months sitting in committee while lawmakers waited on the U.S. Supreme Court as it weighed a challenge to a major...
A years-long fight over whether states have the authority to regulate important aspects of drug pricing will be argued before the U.S. Supreme Court Tuesday morning.At issue is whether prescription middlemen, known as "pharmacy benefit managers," will have to bow to state authority over a huge swath of their...
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg deserved a more dignified epilogue than the angry, absurd circus that is about to become a full-blown crisis as Republicans rush to confirm her replacement on the U.S. Supreme Court and Democrats ponder nuclear options to counter it.Year after year, she beat back five diagnoses...