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Encyclopedia > United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia

The United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia is one of two United States district courts serving the Commonwealth of Virginia. Map of the boundaries of the United States Courts of Appeals and United States District Courts The United States district courts are the general trial courts of the United States federal court system. ... Official language(s) English Capital Richmond Largest city Virginia Beach Area  Ranked 35th  - Total 42,793 sq mi (110,862 km²)  - Width 200 miles (320 km)  - Length 430 miles (690 km)  - % water 7. ...

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History

During the 1960s, Judge Albert V. Bryan Jr. ran the Alexandria court, often ruled cases on the spot after motions were argued. The court earned the nickname, the "rocket docket", for the speed and efficiency for which it processes its cases. Since 1997, the court has processed civil cases the fastest of the 94 federal districts, and eighth fastest in dealing with criminal cases. [1] Albert V. Bryan Jr. ... Civil law has at least three meanings. ... Criminal law (also known as penal law) is the body of common law that punishes criminals for committing offences against the state. ...


Jurisdiction

The Eastern District of Virginia consists of the following counties and independent cities:


Within its jurisdiction are Accomack , Amelia, Arlington, Brunswick, Caroline, Charles City, Chesterfield, Dinwiddie, Essex, Fairfax, Fauquier, Gloucester, Goochland, Greensville, Hanover, Henrico, Isle of Wight, James City, King and Queen, King George, King William, Lancaster, Loudoun Lunenburg, Mathews, Mecklenburg, Middlesex, New Kent, Northampton, Northumberland, Nottoway, Powhatan, Prince Edward, Prince George, Prince William, Richmond, Southampton, Spotsylvania, Stafford, Surry, Sussex, Westmoreland, York County, along with the cities of Alexandria, Colonial Heights, Colonial Heights, Emporia, Fairfax, Falls Church, Franklin, Fredericksburg, Hampton, Hopewell, Manassas, Manassas Park, Newport News, Norfolk, Petersburg, Poquoson, Portsmouth, Richmond, Suffolk, Virginia Beach, Williamsburg. Accomack County is a county located in the state of Virginia, USA. As of 2000, the population is 38,305. ... Amelia County is a county located in the Commonwealth of Virginia. ... This article is the current U.S. Collaboration of the Week. ... Brunswick County is a county located in the state of Virginia. ... Caroline County is a county located in the state of Virginia. ... Location in the state of Virginia Formed 1619 Seat Charles City Area  - Total  - Water 529 km² (204 mi²) 56 km² (21 mi²) 10. ... Chesterfield County is a county located in the Commonwealth of Virginia, United States. ... Dinwiddie, Virginia is a small town in Virginia, the county seat of Dinwiddie County. ... Essex County is a county located in the Middle Peninsula in the state of Virginia. ... Official website: http://www. ... Location in the state of Virginia Formed 1759 Seat Warrenton Area  - Total  - Water 1,687 km² (651 mi²) 4 km² (2 mi²) 0. ... Gloucester County is an historical Chesapeake county located on the Middle Peninsula of the U.S. state — officially, Commonwealth — of Virginia. ... Location in the state of Virginia Formed 1727 Seat Goochland Area  - Total  - Water 751 km² (290 mi²) 14 km² (6 mi²) 1. ... Greensville County is a county located in the state of Virginia. ... Location in the state of Virginia Formed 1720 Seat Hanover Area  - Total  - Water 1,228 km² (474 mi²) 4 km² (1 mi²) 0. ... Location in the state of Virginia Formed 1634 Seat Richmond Area  - Total  - Water 634 km² (245 mi²) 17 km² (7 mi²) 2. ... Location in the state of Virginia Formed 1634 Seat Isle of Wight Area  - Total  - Water 940 km² (363 mi²) 121 km² (47 mi²) 12. ... James City County, Virginia as shown on 1895 map James City County (formally, the County of James City) is a county located on the Virginia Peninsula, in the U.S. state of Virginia. ... King and Queen County is a county located in the Middle Peninsula in the state of Virginia. ... Location in the state of Virginia Formed 1720 Seat King George Area  - Total  - Water 486 km² (188 mi²) 20 km² (8 mi²) 4. ... King William County is a county located on the Middle Peninsula in the state of Virginia. ... Lancaster County is a county located on the Northern Neck in the state of Virginia. ... Loudoun County, Virginia is part of the Washington-Baltimore Metropolitan Area. ... Location in the state of Virginia Formed 1746 Seat Lunenburg Area  - Total  - Water 1,120 km² (432 mi²) 2 km² (1 mi²) 0. ... Mathews County is a county located on the Middle Peninsula in the state of Virginia. ... Location in the state of Virginia Formed 1765 Seat Boydton Area  - Total  - Water 1,759 km² (679 mi²) 143 km² (55 mi²) 8. ... Location in the state of Virginia Formed 1673 Seat Saluda Area  - Total  - Water 546 km² (211 mi²) 208 km² (80 mi²) 38. ... New Kent County is a county located in the state of Virginia. ... Northampton County is a county located in the state of Virginia. ... Northumberland County is a county located on the Northern Neck in the state of Virginia. ... Nottoway County is a county located in the state of Virginia, USA. As of 2000, the population is 15,725. ... Powhatan County is a county located in the U.S. state — officially, Commonwealth — of Virginia. ... Location in the state of Virginia Formed 1754 Seat Farmville Area  - Total  - Water 916 km² (354 mi²) 3 km² (1 mi²) 0. ... Location in the state of Virginia Formed Seat Prince George Area  - Total  - Water 730 km² (282 mi²) 42 km² (16 mi²) 5. ... Prince William County is a county located in the state of Virginia, USA. As of 2000, the population is 280,813. ... Richmond County is a county located on the Northern Neck in the state of Virginia. ... Southampton County is a county located in the state of Virginia. ... Spotsylvania County is a county located in the Commonwealth of Virginia. ... Stafford County is a county located in the state of Virginia. ... Surry County is a county located in the south-eastern part of the state of Virginia. ... Sussex County is a county located in the state of Virginia. ... Westmoreland County is a county located in the Northern Neck of the state of Virginia. ... Location in the state of Virginia Formed 1634 Seat Yorktown Area  - Total  - Water 558 km² (216 mi²) 285 km² (110 mi²) 50. ... Location Location in Virginia Coordinates , Government Country State United States   Virginia Founded 1718 Mayor William D. Euille Geographical characteristics Area     City 39. ... Chesapeake is an independent city located in the South Hampton Roads region of eastern Virginia in the United States. ... Colonial Heights is an independent city located in Virginia. ... Emporia is an independent city located within the confines of Greensville County in Virginia. ... Map Political Statistics Founded 1805 County Independent City Mayor Robert Lederer Geographic Statistics Area  - Total  - Land  - Water 16. ... Falls Church is an independent city located in Virginia. ... Motto: Nickname: Map Political Statistics Founded Incorporated Independent city Mayor James P. Councill Geographic Statistics Area  - Total  - Land  - Water 21. ... Fredericksburg is an independent city in the U.S. Commonwealth of Virginia, 50 miles south of Washington, D.C., and 55 miles north of Richmond, Virginia. ... On September 17, 1861, Mrs. ... Waterfront at City Point, Virginia (now Hopewell) in 1865 Hopewell is an independent city in the state of Virginia. ... Manassas is an independent city located in the state of Virginia. ... Manassas Park is a city located in Virginia. ... Newport News, Hampton, Portsmouth and Norfolk, Virginia from space, July 1996 (Newport News is seen in the lower left quadrant) Newport News is an independent city located in Virginia. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Location Location in the State of Virginia Coordinates , Government Country State County United States Virginia Independent city Founded December 17, 1748 Mayor Annie M. Mickens Geographical characteristics Area     City 60. ... Poquoson is an independent city located on the Virginia Peninsula, in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia. ... Map Political Statistics Founded 1752 County Independent city Mayor Dr. James W. Holley III Geographic Statistics Area  - Total  - Land  - Water 120. ... Flag Seal Nickname: River City Motto: Sic Itur Ad Astra Location Location in the Commonwealth of Virginia Coordinates , Government Country State County United States Virginia Independent City Mayor L. Douglas Wilder (D) Geographical characteristics Area     City 62. ... Motto: Nickname: Map Political Statistics Founded 1742 Incorporated Independent city Mayor Bobby L. Ralph Geographic Statistics Area  - Total  - Land  - Water 1,111. ... Official website: http://www. ... Flag Seal Nickname: The Burg Location Location in the Commonwealth of Virginia. ...


United States Attorney

Chuck Rosenberg is the current U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, serving as prosecution for criminal cases brought by the Federal government, and representing the United States in civil cases in the court. The U.S. Attorney's office also manages the Project Safe Neighborhoods program to reduce gun violence, and is involved with federal initiatives on drug trafficking, terrorism, cybercrime, and elder care abuse. [2] Paul McNulty previously served as the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, until he was nominated on October 21, 2005 to become Deputy Attorney General at the United States Department of Justice. [3] Criminal law (also known as penal law) is the body of law that regulates governmental sanctions (such as imprisonment and/or fines) as retaliation for crimes against the social order. ... An assortment of modern handheld firearms using fixed ammunition, including military assault rifles, a sporting shotgun (fourth from bottom), and a tactical shotgun (third from bottom). ... Retail selling Street selling is the bottom of the chain and can be accomplished through purchasing from prostitutes, through cloaked retail stores or refuse houses for users in the act located in red-light districts which often also deal in paraphernalia, dealers marketing merriment at night clubs and other events... Terrorism refers to a strategy of using violence, or threat of violence to generate fear, cause disruption, and ultimately, to bring about compliance with specific political, religious, ideological, and personal demands. ... Cybercrime is a term used broadly to describe criminal activity in which computers or networks are a tool, a target, or a place of criminal activity. ... Elderly care or elder care is a broad term encompassing such services as assisted living, adult day care, long term care, nursing homes, hospice care, and Alzheimers care. ... Paul J. McNulty Paul J. McNulty (born January 21, 1958 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) is the Deputy Attorney General of the United States, having previously served as the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virgina. ... October 21 is the 294th day of the year (295th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 71 days remaining. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Deputy Attorney General is a high ranking government official, usually second to the Attorney General (AG). ... Justice Department redirects here. ...


Courthouses

Pursuant to Local Civil Rule 3 [4], the district is grouped into four divisions, and is served by four courthouses:


Alexandria

The Albert V. Bryan United States Courthouse in Alexandria currently has four judges, including Judge Claude M. Hilton, T.S. Ellis, III, Leonie Brinkema, and Gerald Bruce Lee, along with a Senior Judge, James C. Cacheris, and four magistrate judges; Barry R. Poretz, T. Rawles Jones,Jr.,Theresa C. Buchanan, and Liam O'Grady. [5] Location Location in Virginia Coordinates , Government Country State United States   Virginia Founded 1718 Mayor William D. Euille Geographical characteristics Area     City 39. ... Judge Claude M. Hilton (born 1940 in Scott County, Virginia) is a judge for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. ... Thomas Selby Ellis, III (born 1940 in Bogota, Colombia) is currently serving as judge on the United States District Court in the Eastern District of Virginia. ... Courtroom sketch by Bill Hennessy Leonie M. Brinkema (born 1944, in Teaneck, New Jersey) is a United States District Court judge, in the Eastern District of Virginia. ... Gerald Bruce Lee (born 1952 in Washington, D.C.) is currently serving as judge on the United States District Court in the Eastern District of Virginia. ... James C. Cacheris (born 1952 in Washington, D.C.) is currently serving as judge on the United States District Court in the Eastern District of Virginia. ... A magistrate is a judicial officer with limited authority to administer and enforce the law. ...


Newport News

Newport News Newport News, Hampton, Portsmouth and Norfolk, Virginia from space, July 1996 (Newport News is seen in the lower left quadrant) Newport News is an independent city located in Virginia. ...


Norfolk

The Walter E. Hoffman United States Courthouse in Norfolk has four judges, Judge Rebecca Beach Smith, Raymond A. Jackson, Jerome B. Friedman, Walter D. Kelley, Jr., two Senior Judges, Robert G. Doumar, Henry Coke Morgan, Jr., and four magistrate judges. [6] To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ...


Richmond

Chief Judge James R. Spencer, Judges Robert E. Payne and Henry E. Hudson, and Senior Judge Richard L. Williams, along with two magistrate judges serve the Lewis F. Powell, Jr. U.S. Courthouse in Richmond. [7] Born James Randolph Spencer in Florence, South Carolina, in 1949. ... Official portrait of Justice Powell, 1976. ... Flag Seal Nickname: River City Motto: Sic Itur Ad Astra Location Location in the Commonwealth of Virginia Coordinates , Government Country State County United States Virginia Independent City Mayor L. Douglas Wilder (D) Geographical characteristics Area     City 62. ...


Notable cases

The Eastern District of Virginia has handled many notable cases including the ongoing cases of United States v. Zacarias Moussaoui, and United States v. Ahmed Omar Abu Ali. The court also handled the cases of United States v. Masoud Khan, et. al., United States v. Jay Lentz, United States v. John Walker Lindh, and Yaser Hamdi v. Donald Rumsfeld. [8] The court also handled the case of former New York Times journalist, Judith Miller. Moussaoui mugshot Zacarias Moussaoui (Arabic: زكريا موسوي) (born May 30, 1968) is a French citizen of Moroccan descent, and was convicted of conspiring to kill Americans as part of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. ... Ahmed Omar Abu-Ali is a man from Falls Church, Virginia in the United States who is being held on charges of providing material support to the al Qaeda terrorist network. ... Masoud Khan is an American who was convicted of conspiracy to levy war against the United States under the Neutrality Act. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Holding U.S. citizens designated as enemy combatants by the Executive Branch have a right to challenge their detainment under the Due Process Clause. ... The New York Times is an internationally known daily newspaper published in New York City and distributed in the United States and many other nations worldwide. ... Judith Miller is the name of several people, including: an American journalist a French philosopher This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ...


In the patent field, the court handled the case of NTP Inc. v. Research in Motion, Ltd. (E.D. VA., No. 3:01cf767 (Nov 21, 2002) This is the famous "BlackBerry Case". During the trial, RIM attempted to conduct a fraudulent demonstration. They were caught. The jury then convicted them of willful patent infringment. NTP may stand for: In computing, the Network Time Protocol In chemistry and physics, Non-Thermal Plasma In chemistry: Normal temperature and pressure (as opposed to Standard temperature and pressure) North Transgas Pipeline, a natural gas pipeline from Russia to the Netherlands, see also Gazprom. ... Research In Motion Limited (RIM. TSX: RIM, NASDAQ: RIMM) is a Canadian wireless device company. ... BlackBerry 7100t, offered by T-Mobile. ...


References

  1. ^ Markon, Jerry. "A Double Dose of Molasses in the Rocket Docket", The Washington Post, 2004, October 3.
  2. ^ U.S. Attorney's Office - Eastern District of Virginia - Priorities
  3. ^ White House press release - October 21, 2005.
  4. ^ Local Civil Rule 3
  5. ^ U.S. Courts - Alexandria courthouse
  6. ^ U.S. Courts - Norfolk courthouse
  7. ^ U.S. Courts - Richmond courthouse
  8. ^ U.S. Courts, Eastern District of Virginia - Notable cases

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