Category Archives: Law and Justice

Time to Call a Truce

As an undergraduate political science major, the grounds upon which a Supreme Court Justice should be considered was made clear to me in my Constitutional Law course:  Integrity, experience, temperament, and intelligence.  One thing not to be judged was politics. … Continue reading

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Gorsuch Could Correct Regulatory Overreach

Most people have never heard the term “Chevron deference” and, if they have never practiced administrative law, could not be blamed.  But, in the weeks ahead we are going to hear a great deal about it.  Here’s why. “Chevron deference” … Continue reading

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Rethinking the Relationship between the Courts and the Poor

A new law passed by the General Assembly this year waived the interest on court fines and penalties accrued by prison inmates. To get an idea of what that could mean to a felon re-entering society, consider the example of a man … Continue reading

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The Virginia Attorney General Joins in Scam Threatening Free Speech

The Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act is a federal law enacted in the early 1970’s that provides for extended criminal penalties and a civil cause of action for acts performed as part of an ongoing criminal organization. The law was targeted at “Racketeering” activity, which includes things like murder, extortion, robbery, drug dealing or trafficking, money laundering, embezzlement, and bribery. Its purpose is to ensure that both the murderer and the boss that ordered the murder are both punished. All that is required is a “predicate crime” such as murder, and a conspiracy to conduct the crime.
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Do Newport News Courts Threaten Virginia’s Pro-Business Reputation?

Virginia consistently ranks as one of the most business-friendly states in America, although lately we have been slipping. According to the Virginia Economic Development Partnership, since 2001, manufacturing companies have invested $14.5 billion and created more than 72,000 new jobs … Continue reading

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