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  1. Lt. Nazario’s successes in litigation

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    January 31, 2023 by Tom Roberts, Esq.

    Despite the shocking jury verdict, Lt. Nazario faithfully served his country and his oath to support and defend the Constitution …
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  2. Police Brutality – Tyre Nichols

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    January 27, 2023 by Tom Roberts, Esq.

    Critical legal analysis of the Memphis Police brutal beating of Tyre Nichols by Civil Rights Attorney Tom Roberts – Tyre …
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  3. Can I sue somebody for putting an electronic tracker on my car?

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    October 26, 2022 by Tom Roberts, Esq.

    Answer: Yes, but you are not likely to get the damages you hoped to get. It is illegal in Virginia …
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  4. Striving for American Ideals

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    July 23, 2021 by Tom Roberts, Esq.

    Commentary – Striving for American Ideals Early in our nation’s history the concept of equality and freedom in religion and …
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  5. Lt. Nazario v Town of Windsor Police Officers – Official Update

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    May 6, 2021 by Tom Roberts, Esq.

    Because this important civil rights case highlights the need for national attention and reform – this page will serve the …
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  6. Suit Filed in Norfolk Against Windsor Police for Civil Rights Violations against Lt. Caron Nazario

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    April 8, 2021 by Tom Roberts, Esq.

    TO READ THE LATEST UPDATES – CLICK HERE Nazario v Gutierrez & Crocker, Case 2:21-cv-00169 -Filed 04/02/21 Eastern District of …
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  7. Advancing Racial Harmony through Litigation

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    February 10, 2021 by Tom Roberts, Esq.

    One Step At A TimeRacial Harmony and HealingFront Royal, Virginia On July 9, 2001, at the town counsel meeting, the …
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  8. “Amen and Awoman”

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    January 4, 2021 by Tom Roberts, Esq.

    “Amen and Awoman” Representative Emanuel Cleaver II, a 5-term congressman from Missouri ended opening prayer for the new 2021 Congress …
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  9. Free Speech and the 2020 Election

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    December 13, 2020 by Tom Roberts, Esq.

    Disturbing Trend To Silence Lawful Speech The New Left frequent and continuing attempts to silence speech is disturbing. This trend …
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  10. WHY THE LEE MONUMENT LAWSUIT AGAINST RPD?

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    July 4, 2020 by Tom Roberts, Esq.

    QUESTION:   I would like to know why you think dispersing an unruly crowd with non-lethal means is a civil …
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  11. THIS HAS TO STOP! – police brutality – Class Action filed against Richmond Police officers.

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    June 16, 2020 by Tom Roberts, Esq.

    Civil Rights Law Firm of Thomas H Roberts & Associates PC Protecting 1st Amendment Rights Under United States Constitution! Summary: …
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  12. TORTIOUS INTERFERENCE WITH PARENTAL RIGHTS

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    May 14, 2020 by Tom Roberts, Esq.

    TORTIOUS INTERFERENCE WITH PARENTAL RIGHTS Another litigation and appellate victory for the Law Firm!   On May 14, 2020, the Virginia …
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  13. Summary of Virginia Whistleblower laws

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    March 24, 2020 by Tom Roberts, Esq.

    Does Virginia have “Whistle-Blower” protection? Yes. An employee of Virginia state or local governments have protection against retaliation or discipline …
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  14. What are the elements of a “bad faith” claim against an insurance company?

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    March 5, 2020 by Tom Roberts, Esq.

    If an insurance company intentionally disregards the financial interests of their insured and fails to settle a claim within the …
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  15. How do I get a copy of the search warrant, affidavit and return

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    March 4, 2020 by Tom Roberts, Esq.

    So, the police have searched your home but didn’t give you a copy of the warrant, the affidavit upon which …
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  16. Taxing Settlements and Judgments – Are Attorneys’ fees paid included in income to litigant?

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    February 25, 2020 by Tom Roberts, Esq.

    Are attorneys’ fees paid from a settlement included in the gross income to the plaintiff – are they “above-the-line deduction”, …
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  17. 2-5-2020 – Law Enforcement Officer Cannot Lawfully Retaliate For First Amendment Speech By Attempting to Induce Another Officer To Issue a Traffic Citation

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    February 6, 2020 by Tom Roberts, Esq.

    2-5-2020 – The law firm of Thomas H. Roberts & Associates, PC. achieved another victory for the First Amendment with …
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  18. Injunction by Gun Owners of America likely to Fail

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    January 17, 2020 by Tom Roberts, Esq.

    1 (Photo by Cary Drane – 2020 Lobby Day in Virginia – (c) 2020 – Cary Drane)   Unfortunately, it …
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  19. Civil Rights In Virginia – Upheld by Virginia’s Highest Court – 2020

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    January 16, 2020 by Tom Roberts, Esq.

    Virginia’s Highest Court Confirms That It Will Not Tolerate Virginia Law Enforcement Violations Of  The 4th Amendment To The U.S. …
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  20. FREE VIRGINIA CLE COURSE 2019 – NEED TO KNOW: MAKING AND ENFORCING VIRGINIA FOIA REQUESTS

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    September 11, 2019 by Tom Roberts, Esq.

    NEED TO KNOW: MAKING AND ENFORCING VIRGINIA FOIA REQUESTS   A Free, 3-hour Virginia CLE Course October 15, 2019, at …
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  21. Sliding Scale For Personal Jurisdiction in Electronic and Internet Cases

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    December 22, 2018 by Tom Roberts, Esq.

    Sliding Scale For Personal Jurisdiction in Electronic and Internet Cases Thomas H. Roberts & Associates, PC scores in its opposition …
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  22. 2018 – Virginia Accepts 2 Civil Rights Appeals to Address Sovereign Immunity Issues

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    December 19, 2018 by Tom Roberts, Esq.

    Virginia Supreme Court grants two petitions to address sovereign immunity issues argued by Virginia’s Civil Rights Law Firm – Thomas …
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  23. Andrew Bodoh – Media Profile

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    October 24, 2018 by Tom Roberts, Esq.

    MEDIA PROFILE Andrew T. Bodoh, Esq. Senior Associate with Thomas H. Roberts & Associates, P.C. 804-783-2000 x 110 andrew.bodoh@robertslaw.org   …
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  24. Police pointed weapon at me – is that excessive?

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    May 8, 2018 by Tom Roberts, Esq.

    Question:  Is it a violation of the Fourth Amendment for an officer to aim his loaded weapon at a person where …
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  25. Successful Defense of High Profile Criminal Case – Dinwiddie County

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    February 8, 2018 by Tom Roberts, Esq.

    February 7, 2018 – Civil rights attorney Tom Roberts successfully defended  former Dinwiddie County Deputy Hector Jimenez in a high …
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  26. January 23, 2018 – Another Free Speech Victory

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    February 1, 2018 by Tom Roberts, Esq.

    “…I shall obey the laws of the United States of America and of the Commonwealth of Virginia, and shall support …
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  27. Virginia Civil Rights Law Firm Thomas H. Roberts & Associates, PC obtains a $25.35 Million Judgment for Sexual Assault Victim

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    October 23, 2017 by Tom Roberts, Esq.

    Virginia Civil Rights & Personal Injury Law Firm Thomas H. Roberts & Associates, PC obtains a $25.35 Million Judgment for …
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  28. Civil Rights Law Firm Lands A Jury Verdict for Police Misconduct

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    April 29, 2017 by Tom Roberts, Esq.

    April 28, 2017 – Civil Rights Victory in Petersburg–Jury Verdict For Police Misconduct.   A Petersburg jury awarded damages against former Petersburg …
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  29. 1st Amendment – ANOTHER BLISTERING CRITICISM OF PETERSBURG GOVERNMENT BY THE COURTS TODAY WITH AN OPINION BY THE 4TH CIRCUIT STRIKING DOWN PETERSBURG POLICE DEPARTMENT BAN ON SOCIAL MEDIA CRITICISM OF THE DEPARTMENT

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    December 15, 2016 by Tom Roberts, Esq.

    12-15-2016– THE US COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE 4th CIRCUIT REMOVES WHAT IT DESCRIBED AS A “VIRTUAL BLANKET PROHIBITION ON ALL …
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  30. “Sex”, Bathrooms and the Rule of Law

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    April 20, 2016 by Tom Roberts, Esq.

    4-20-2016 – Attorneys Andrew T. Bodoh and Jonathan M. Arthur of the Virginia civil rights firm Thomas H. Roberts & …
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  31. Beth Sloan’s Letter re: Religious Liberty in Powhatan – 11/22/1999

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    April 9, 2016 by Tom Roberts, Esq.

    Beth’s Letter November 22, 1999   To Whom It May Concern,   I have recently been in the news because …
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  32. 7-23-2003 – Henrico County Religious Freedom

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    April 9, 2016 by Tom Roberts, Esq.

    News – Henrico County Supports Religious Freedom The Students Become The Teachers Fellowship of Christian Athletes To Be Treated Equal …
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  33. 5-5-2000 – Religious Liberty Restored

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    April 9, 2016 by Tom Roberts, Esq.

    News – Religious Freedom and Equal Access Restored Powhatan Student and Fellowship of Christian Athletes Settle Suit in Federal Court–School …
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  34. Rights mean nothing unless those we do not like are afforded those rights.

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    January 29, 2016 by Tom Roberts, Esq.

    Thomas H. Roberts & Associates, PC represents people that many in society don’t like and would prefer had no rights. …
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  35. FOIA – a matter of transparency

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    January 22, 2016 by Tom Roberts, Esq.

    FOIA – Freedom of Information Act – is intended to provide citizens transparency to view the actions of the public …
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  36. The Virginian’s Guide to FOIA – Andrew T. Bodoh, Esq.

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    October 19, 2015 by Tom Roberts, Esq.

    The Virginian’s Guide to FOIA – Andrew T. Bodoh, Esq. Andrew T. Bodoh, an associate attorney of Thomas H. Roberts …
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  37. FOIA setback is the fault of the Virginia legislature

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    September 22, 2015 by Tom Roberts, Esq.

    Editorial Opinion – Virginia FOIA By Andrew T. Bodoh, Esq. (Author of Virginian’s Guide to FOIA) 9/22/2015 –  If we wish …
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  38. Isaac Roberts, 2015 law clerk, explains that the US Supreme Court has usurped from citizens the democratic process for amending the Constitution

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    September 17, 2015 by Tom Roberts, Esq.

    A 2015 summer high school law clerk for the law firm explains that the process for amending the Constitution by …
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  39. Constitutional Free Speech in Public Schools

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    September 17, 2015 by Tom Roberts, Esq.

    Jonathan Arthur, a Civil Rights Attorney with Thomas H. Roberts & Associates, PC in Richmond Virginia, grew up in Montgomery …
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  40. Rights of parents to religious training of their children in intra-parental custody-visitation disputes.

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    April 20, 2015 by Tom Roberts, Esq.

    How should courts deal with religious differences of parents and its impact upon the upbringing of children in the context …
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  41. Tutorial on Attorneys’ Fees in Civil Rights Cases

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    February 16, 2015 by Tom Roberts, Esq.

    Tutorial on Attorneys’ Fees in Civil Rights Cases Attorneys’ Fees are to be awarded to plaintiff if he obtains an …
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  42. Virginia FOIA Law Firm

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    December 22, 2014 by Tom Roberts, Esq.

    Virginia FOIA Lawyer – Andrew T. Bodoh  Virginia’s Freedom of Information Act (“FOIA”) Law Firm   Thomas H. Roberts & …
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  43. Torture – When Our Nation Denies the Basis of Human Rights

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    December 13, 2014 by Tom Roberts, Esq.

    So is it any surprise that the US Government that routinely fails to recognize the difference between separation of state …
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  44. First Amendment protects the free-exercise rights of owners of businesses.

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    September 27, 2014 by Tom Roberts, Esq.

    OWNERS OF CLOSELY HELD BUSINESSES DO NOT GIVE UP THEIR RIGHTS TO CONDUCT THEIR BUSINESSES IN ACCORDANCE WITH THEIR RELIGIOUS BELIEFS …
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  45. Governor of Virginia vetos clarifying legislation regarding religious freedom in schools.

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    April 7, 2014 by Tom Roberts, Esq.

    Your freedoms are at risk where people attempt to supplant “Freedom of Religion” with “Freedom from Religion” On March 7, …
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  46. Una Pregunta: ¿Puede la policía registrar a mi Coche sin tener un orden de registro?

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    February 13, 2014 by Tom Roberts, Esq.

    English -Can the Police Search My Vehicle without a Warrant Una Pregunta: ¿Puede la policía registrar a mi Coche sin …
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  47. Can the Police Detain a Witness Who They do not of Suspect Wrongdoing?

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    February 11, 2014 by Tom Roberts, Esq.

    Question: Can the Police Detain a Witness Who They do not of Suspect Wrongdoing? Answer: Yes – but only under …
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  48. Can I sue my employer for sexual harassment by non-employees?

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    January 23, 2014 by Tom Roberts, Esq.

    Q. Can I sue my employer for sexual harassment by non-employees? A. Yes – if the employer knew and negligently …
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  49. Civil Suit for Damages from Sexual Molestation and Abuse in Virginia

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    January 13, 2014 by Tom Roberts, Esq.

    Victims of sexual abuse are among the most vulnerable.  They need aggressive counsel who will fight for them.  Thomas H. …
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  50. A summary of the law related to Searching Minors

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    January 13, 2014 by Tom Roberts, Esq.

    En Español Searches of Minors Summary: Minors are protected by the Fourth Amendment, but have fewer rights (less expectation of …
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  51. Overview of Special Grand Jury In Virginia

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    December 11, 2013 by Tom Roberts, Esq.

    SPECIAL GRAND JURIES IN VIRGINIA Special grand juries have substantial power to conduct an investigation and limited power to return …
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  52. Can the police search my vehicle without a warrant?

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    October 17, 2013 by Tom Roberts, Esq.

    En Español Q. Can the police search my car without a warrant? A. Yes, if the car is readily mobile …
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  53. Can I be convicted for republishing information related to matters of public concern where the information was illegally obtained by a stranger?

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    October 6, 2013 by Tom Roberts, Esq.

    Q.  Can I be properly convicted for republishing information related to matters of public concern where the information was illegally …
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  54. Can I sue the judge?

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    September 8, 2013 by Tom Roberts, Esq.

    Q. Can I sue the judge for damages?  A. No. The judge is absolutely immune from a claim for damages …
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  55. Can I keep my handgun or firearm in the secured but unlocked glove box or console of my car in Virginia?

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    July 15, 2013 by Tom Roberts, Esq.

    Q. Is it legal to have a handgun or other firearm in the unlocked but secured glove box or console …
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  56. Challenging Local Criminal Ordinances In Virginia

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    July 8, 2013 by Tom Roberts, Esq.

    Challenging Local Criminal Ordinances in Virginia Attacking the Validity of a Local Ordinance – A Good Defense! The best defense …
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  57. Liability for suicide at jail or prison – only for deliberate indifference

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    June 28, 2013 by Tom Roberts, Esq.

    Q.  Can I sue the jail or prison for the suicide death of a pretrial detainee or inmate? A.  You …
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  58. Can I sue a police officer for Brady violations – for concealment, doctoring, or destruction of evidence?

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    May 31, 2013 by Tom Roberts, Esq.

    Can I sue a police officer for Brady violations? § 1983 action against police officer for Brady violations–concealment, doctoring, or …
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  59. Are public employees protected against discharge and retaliation for things they say as a citizen?

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    February 20, 2013 by Tom Roberts, Esq.

    Are public employees protected against discharge and retaliation for things they say as a citizen? Public employees do not shed …
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  60. Unreasonable Force in “Terry Stop” Gives Rise to Officer Liability

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    February 9, 2013 by Tom Roberts, Esq.

    En Español Quarter Million Dollar Verdict to Richmond Police Officer Wesley Moore, represented by Civil Rights Attorneys Tom Roberts and …
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  61. THE GROWING POLICE STATE – FREEDOM FADING

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    January 28, 2013 by Tom Roberts, Esq.

    THE GROWING POLICE STATE – FREEDOM FADING Editorial Opinion – Freedom Works Foundation 1-27-2013 Chris Hawkins is one of a …
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  62. Religious Intolerance and Violence in Afghanistan

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    January 26, 2013 by Tom Roberts, Esq.

    Religious Intolerance and Violence in Afghanistan Editorial Opinion 4-3-2011 Recent violence in Afghanistan has killed many innocent lives as Afghans …
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  63. Freedom Works

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    January 9, 2013 by Tom Roberts, Esq.

    Freedom Works Commentary by Thomas H. Roberts, Esq. Founder of Freedom Works Foundation The United States of America was founded …
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  64. Prior Restraint of Speech – First Amendment Violations

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    December 20, 2012 by Tom Roberts, Esq.

    RIGHT TO BE FREE FROM PRIOR RESTRAINT AND CENSORSHIP IN VIRGINIA You Can Help Defray the Legal Fees of Cox …
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  65. Can I sue the prosecutor or the Commonwealth Attorney?

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    August 27, 2012 by Tom Roberts, Esq.

    Question: Can I sue the prosecutor or Commonwealth Attorney for malicious prosecution? Answer: Probably Not.  Explanation:  In Andrews v. Ring, …
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  66. What is a hostile work environment? Are my complaints protected?

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    August 14, 2012 by Tom Roberts, Esq.

    Issue # 1: – What constitutes an unlawful hostile work environment under Title VII? Title VII is violated only when …
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  67. In Virginia, if an officer arrested me outside his jurisdiction, can I file suit against the officer?

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    July 17, 2012 by Tom Roberts, Esq.

    In Jordan v. Shands, 255 Va. 492, 497 (Va. 1998), the court stated “We have defined false imprisonment as “the …
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  68. Summary of Virginia’s Freedom of Information Act (“FOIA”)

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    April 2, 2012 by Tom Roberts, Esq.

    Summary of Virginia’s Freedom of Information Act (“FOIA”)            The Virginia Freedom of Information Act (Va. Code § 2.2-3700 et seq.) …
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  69. Innocent Child Photographs and the Law

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    April 1, 2012 by Tom Roberts, Esq.

    Innocent Child Photographs and the Law   Facts              Billy, a minor child, using a disposable …
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  70. View Point Discrimination Violates the First Amendment

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    March 4, 2012 by Tom Roberts, Esq.

    Commentary – View Point Discrimination Violates the United States Constitution Viewpoint discrimination violates the First Amendment of the United States …
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  71. Public School and Physicals

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    March 4, 2012 by Tom Roberts, Esq.

    Public School and Physicals Facts     Question: Can Public Schools Require Physical Examinations (More than Drug Testing) as a Condition of …
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  72. What are my rights to a speedy trial in Virginia?

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    February 25, 2012 by Tom Roberts, Esq.

    Code § 19.2-243, the speedy trial statute, provides that if a defendant accused of a felony is continuously held in …
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  73. Qualified Immunity – 2001 Victory

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    November 21, 2001 by Tom Roberts, Esq.

    Victory in 4th Circuit Court of Appeals The law firm of Thomas H. Roberts & Associates, P.C. announced an important …
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  74. Fourth Amendment Law

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    January 1, 2000 by Tom Roberts, Esq.

    Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, …
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