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GUANDIQUE'S ATTORNEYS SEEK NEW TRIAL
Washington Post: "Attorneys for Ingmar Guandique, the man convicted in November of killing former federal intern Chandra Levy, submitted a request to a D.C. Superior Court judge for a new trial claiming "juror misconduct" and a prosecutor's "improper closing arguments."
Attorneys Maria Hawilo and Santha Sonenberg, of the District's Public Defender Service, filed the motion on behalf of Guandique. Such motions are fairly standard after a guilty verdict in a high-profile trial. Guandique is scheduled to be sentenced on Feb. 11."
QUANTICO BOMB TRAINING PRODUCES BIG BOOMS
Inside NoVA: "Don't be alarmed by the noise and window rattling, it's just Quantico Marine Corps base. But it's not the usual artillery training.
Marines are blowing up bombs and shooting off Howitzers this week, causing more noise than usual. Residents from Gainesville to Dumfries were hearing it this evening.
"You might even see some low-flying aircraft," a public affairs spokesman said."
VA SENATE APPROVES NON-DISCRIMINATION BILL
Washington Examiner: "The Virginia Senate on Wednesday passed legislation that would bar discrimination based on sexual orientation in state employment, though the matter has already stalled in the House of Delegates.
“As lawmakers, it is important for us to ensure that all Virginians are protected from this ugly practice regardless of their race, gender, religion or sexual orientation,” said the bill’s patron, Sen. Donald McEachin, D-Henrico.
Non-discrimination legislation, however, was laid to rest in a House subcommittee Tuesday."
MD REPUBLICAN WILL VOTE TO SUPPORT GAY MARRIAGE
WTOP: "Maryland's former Senate Republican leader said Wednesday he will break with his party and vote to legalize same-sex marriage in the state.
Allan Kittleman, R-Howard, said he would vote for the plan, although he said he would not vote to end a filibuster of the measure.
"People will differ, and I respect that they differ, but I have to do what I think is right," Kittleman said."