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January 12, 1991 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The Virginia Supreme Court said tax-exempt bonds for religious-oriented Liberty University would be unconstitutional, a ruling attacked by founder Jerry Falwell as court-enforced religious discrimination. The justices said that, although bonds have been approved for other church-related schools, Liberty is different because it requires teachers and students to subscribe to the college's religious doctrine.
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February 4, 2014 | By Michael Muskal
Utah has filed its opening salvo defending its ban on gay marriage, while in Virginia, a federal judge will hear arguments about that state's similar law in the latest legal maneuvering over the right for same-sex couples to marry. The separate legal actions are part of the growing number of court battles over what remains a sensitive issue since the U.S. Supreme Court struck down parts of the federal Defense of Marriage Act in June. That ruling, hailed as a major step by gay-marriage advocates, gave federal recognition to legally married gay couples and extended to them the same federal health, tax, Social Security and other benefits that heterosexual couples receive.
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April 22, 1995 | BETTINA BOXALL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Ruling in a case that has attracted national attention, the Virginia Supreme Court on Friday denied a lesbian custody of her 3-year-old son, deeming her an unfit parent for a number of reasons, her homosexuality among them. In reversing an appeals court decision giving Sharon Bottoms custody of her son and instead awarding him to his grandmother, the court warned that a child is likely to suffer from the stigma associated with homosexuality.
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September 8, 2011 | By David G. Savage, Washington Bureau
A federal appeals court in Virginia rejected two challenges to President Obama's healthcare law, saying the legal dispute over whether the government can require Americans to buy medical insurance should be put off for three years until the first taxpayers are hit with a penalty. The decision injects a new element into a brewing election-year court showdown over Obama's signature accomplishment. Though the Supreme Court is poised to take up the issue early next year, the Virginia-based court decided that federal law forbids judges from ruling on tax challenges until a tax penalty has been levied.
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September 26, 1998 | From Times Wire Reports
A judge ruled that state officials be allowed to examine a comatose man whose wife plans to remove his feeding tube, rejecting her request to block their visit. Judge Frank Hoss Jr. said he has no authority to keep the state from checking on Hugh Finn, who was injured in a car accident 3 1/2 years ago. Michele Finn said her husband has told her he would not wish to live in such a condition, and she obtained court permission to remove the tube.
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November 4, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
Virginia's Supreme Court ruled, 5 to 2, that the state can issue construction bonds for the Christian-based Regent University founded by religious broadcaster Pat Robertson without violating the separation of church and state. The court said the bond issue is legal because no public money would be spent and the state's credit would not be at stake. The court did rule, however, that Regent's School of Divinity may not use buildings financed by the bonds.
NATIONAL
September 8, 2011 | By David G. Savage, Washington Bureau
A federal appeals court in Virginia rejected two challenges to President Obama's healthcare law, saying the legal dispute over whether the government can require Americans to buy medical insurance should be put off for three years until the first taxpayers are hit with a penalty. The decision injects a new element into a brewing election-year court showdown over Obama's signature accomplishment. Though the Supreme Court is poised to take up the issue early next year, the Virginia-based court decided that federal law forbids judges from ruling on tax challenges until a tax penalty has been levied.
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November 9, 1989 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A federal appeals court panel refused to release jailed television evangelist Jim Bakker while he appeals his conviction for cheating PTL followers of millions of dollars. A three-judge panel of the U.S. 4th Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond said a motion on behalf of the defrocked minister was not sufficient to refute evidence he might flee if released. The judges said hundreds of letters from loyal followers did not provide a basis for releasing Bakker.
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February 4, 2014 | By Michael Muskal
Utah has filed its opening salvo defending its ban on gay marriage, while in Virginia, a federal judge will hear arguments about that state's similar law in the latest legal maneuvering over the right for same-sex couples to marry. The separate legal actions are part of the growing number of court battles over what remains a sensitive issue since the U.S. Supreme Court struck down parts of the federal Defense of Marriage Act in June. That ruling, hailed as a major step by gay-marriage advocates, gave federal recognition to legally married gay couples and extended to them the same federal health, tax, Social Security and other benefits that heterosexual couples receive.
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February 17, 1999 | YALE KAMISAR, Yale Kamisar is a professor at University of Michigan Law School
The 1966 Miranda decision requiring police to inform suspects that they have a right to remain silent was the centerpiece of the Warren court's "revolution in American criminal procedure" and a prime target of those who believed the courts had gone "soft" on crime. But most legal scholars long ago concluded that the time to overrule Miranda had come and gone. Last week, they were stunned by the news that the 4th District Court of Appeals in Richmond, Va.
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November 4, 2000
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November 4, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
Virginia's Supreme Court ruled, 5 to 2, that the state can issue construction bonds for the Christian-based Regent University founded by religious broadcaster Pat Robertson without violating the separation of church and state. The court said the bond issue is legal because no public money would be spent and the state's credit would not be at stake. The court did rule, however, that Regent's School of Divinity may not use buildings financed by the bonds.
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February 17, 1999 | YALE KAMISAR, Yale Kamisar is a professor at University of Michigan Law School
The 1966 Miranda decision requiring police to inform suspects that they have a right to remain silent was the centerpiece of the Warren court's "revolution in American criminal procedure" and a prime target of those who believed the courts had gone "soft" on crime. But most legal scholars long ago concluded that the time to overrule Miranda had come and gone. Last week, they were stunned by the news that the 4th District Court of Appeals in Richmond, Va.
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October 3, 1998 | From Associated Press
A legal battle over a severely brain-damaged man's right to die ended Friday, when the Virginia Supreme Court rejected Gov. James S. Gilmore's attempts to have the patient's feeding tube reinserted. In an emergency ruling, the court said withholding nutrition from 44-year-old Hugh Finn merely permits the natural process of dying and is not a mercy killing, which would be illegal in Virginia. Without the tube, Finn will become dehydrated and die within a couple of weeks, said Dr.
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September 26, 1998 | From Times Wire Reports
A judge ruled that state officials be allowed to examine a comatose man whose wife plans to remove his feeding tube, rejecting her request to block their visit. Judge Frank Hoss Jr. said he has no authority to keep the state from checking on Hugh Finn, who was injured in a car accident 3 1/2 years ago. Michele Finn said her husband has told her he would not wish to live in such a condition, and she obtained court permission to remove the tube.
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October 6, 1995 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The U.S. Supreme Court, agreeing to consider whether states may offer "separate and unequal" educational opportunities to women, said that it will rule on the constitutionality of the men-only policy at the Virginia Military Institute. The case, to be heard in January, could yield a broad ruling on gender discrimination. VMI and The Citadel in South Carolina are the nation's only all-male public colleges.
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April 22, 1995 | BETTINA BOXALL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Ruling in a case that has attracted national attention, the Virginia Supreme Court on Friday denied a lesbian custody of her 3-year-old son, deeming her an unfit parent for a number of reasons, her homosexuality among them. In reversing an appeals court decision giving Sharon Bottoms custody of her son and instead awarding him to his grandmother, the court warned that a child is likely to suffer from the stigma associated with homosexuality.
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