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Local Rule in Norfolk is void, case reinstated (access required)

A local rule of Norfolk Circuit Court that allowed judges to dismiss cases not served within a year is void because it goes beyond a state law governing the disposition of inactive cases. In Collins v. Shepherd (VLW 007-6-103), the ...

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Morva trial to be moved from Montgomery County

A circuit judge has ruled that the capital murder trial of William Morva, charged with killing two law enforcement officials, should be moved from Montgomery County, reports the Roanoke Times. A manhunt for Morva around Blacksburg briefly closed the Virginia ...

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26 life terms

When the 11-year-old girl’s mother confronted her daughter about her suspicion that the girl’s stepfather had been abusing her, the girl at first denied it. The mother took her for a medical examination anyway in July 2006. Not only was ...

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In Memoriam: H. Emory Widener Jr.

Senior Judge H. Emory Widener Jr. of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals died yesterday at his home in Abingdon, reports the Bristol Herald Courier. He was 83. Appointed to the bench by President Nixon in 1972, Judge Widener ...

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Honoring the ‘Unsung Legal Heroes’

In this week’s issue of Virginia Lawyers Weekly, we presented the recipients of our 2007 “Unsung Legal Heroes” awards. The awards program honors professionals who work behind the scenes in law offices and courthouses throughout the commonwealth, including: legal secretaries/assistants, ...

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Lesbian partners’ parental rights back before Supreme Court

The Supreme Court of Virginia may yet reach the merits of the effort of a lesbian mother to sever the parental rights of her former partner. “May” because attorneys for the partner, Janet Jenkins, contend that Virginia law bars consideration ...

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Judge delays verdict in workplace altercation

A Suffolk general district judge has delayed the verdict in an assault case after getting assurances from the defense attorney, a member of the General Assembly, that lower court judges can do so, The Virginian-Pilot reports. Judge James A. Moore ...

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