July 26th, 2012 issue #1130

July 26th, 2012
  • Controversial constitutionalist: 30 years of defending the people

    In the corner is a cardboard stand-up of James Dean– and another of the Beatles in a phone booth. Toy skeletons are all over the place, as well as artwork that hints of a disturbing vision.

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  • Intimidating? Copter may have encircled Cobbs pre-trial

    Last fall, Philip Cobbs expressed terror after an assault weapon-carrying team of about 10 officers raided his southeastern Albemarle farm after a helicopter crew claimed to spot two marijuana plants from 500 feet. On the day before Cobbs went to court to fight the resulting possession charge, a helicopter again circled over his yard, an action he considers harassment.

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  • Jury nullification: The elephant in the room

    There's an elephant in every courtroom. Prosecutors and judges won't show it to jurors, and even Virginia defense lawyers seem forbidden from mentioning this fact: If you think a law is unjust, you can acquit. This week's cover package • Not guilty: Jury acquits in two pot-plant case

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  • Not guilty: Jury acquits in two pot-plant case

    In a case closely watched by civil liberties groups and law enforcement, Philip Cobbs was found not guilty of possession of marijuana in a day-long jury trial.

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4Better Or Worse

  • The week in review

    Most number of bummed people: Those who had scored tickets to see Michelle Obama July 20 in Main Street Arena. Understandably, she canceled after the horrific mass shooting...

The Dish

Essays

Question of the Week

Real Estate - $old

  • Market research credited in Bellair sale

    Albemarle  5/15/12 James H. & Sandra R. Price to Brett Darken & Anne Marshall-Darken, 34 Acres, TM 126-25C3, $60,000 Belvedere Station Land Trust to SHR9 LLC, ...

Real Estate - On the Block

Real Estate Property auctions

  • Property auctions

    July 27 at 11:30am at the Albemarle Courthouse Property: 6862 Albevanna Spring Road, Scottsville Debtor: Roger L. Hall life tenant, Diane B. Hall remainderman Original amou...

Movie Reviews

Contents

  • Table of contents

    COVERJury's powerJust seating a jury for pot possession trials in Charlottesville is difficult, as a growing majority of Americans consider the laws unjust and that pot sho...

News

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Letters

  • Bob's reach exceeds his grasp

    With the Commonwealth contributing seven percent of the University's budget, why is any governor making any appointments to the Board of Visitors? ["Bob's mess: 'Please sto...

  • Derecho coverage left big gaps

    The worst thing about an emergency situation like the derecho is the lack of information.If you go on the Dominion web site, you seem to find plenty of it — news releases...

CultureVulture

Black and White

  • Headless

    Headless mannequins make me slightly uneasy. I guess the idea is to focus attention on the dress? Fifth Street Southeast.~Commentator Bill Emory puts up a new photo nearly ...

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