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1. Tom Gear’s resignation could have big ramifications for the York County Judge vacancy (if the General Assembly decides to fund the vacancies).

2. Law talk in “True Grit”: “[Lawyer Daggett] will come after you with a writ of replevin!” Alas, “replevin” has been  abolished in Virginia. What is a “writ of replevin?” This 1825 Virginia Supreme Court case describes it in more detail, but here’s my summary: if I have a claim that another person wrongfully holds my property, under a writ of replevin the court would order the return of that property until the court could determine the rightful owner. No longer, now we only have the action of detinue, in which the person in possession keeps possession until the court’s decision.

3.     Billy the Kid is not getting pardoned. I did not know he was up for one. Because Jim Morrison of the Doors got a pardon, and the Rolling Stoned Keith Richards got a pardon, maybe the lesson is that Billy the Kid should have had a band, not a gang.

John Tarley

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