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Two judges face criticism

Only two of about 60 incumbent judges encountered serious flak when they appeared Thursday before the House and Senate Courts of Justice Committees. Sixth District J&DR Judge Jacqueline R. Waymack had to contend with a finding by the Judicial Inquiry ...

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GOP to end subcommittee secrecy

Virginia Republican legislators yesterday emerged from a closed door meeting to announce a little extra sunlight for the upcoming General Assembly session.  According to this Washington Post blog, GOP lawmakers have agreed to end the practice of killing bills in ...

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GOP will fight budget boosts

House Speaker William J. Howell, R-Stafford, announced yesterday that Republican legislators will resist efforts to pad the state budget and will support belt tightening for the House itself.  The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that the House will take steps to save $1.1 million, ...

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Woman arrested for McCain T-shirt

After three free expression advocacy groups filed a civil suit to overturn Virginia’s campaign button ban on behalf of two Obama supporters, now comes word that a voter in Madison County actually was arrested and charged after refusing to cover ...

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Assembly could rein in title loans

Lawmakers can expect pressure to cap interest rates for car title lenders. The Free Lance-Star reports that Del. Joe Morrisey, D-Henrico, is drafting a bill that would cap the annual interest rates of car title loans at 36 percent. Currently, ...

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A look back at 2008… (access required)

2008 very shortly will be in the history book, and it’s unlikely that this will go down as anyone’s favorite year. Economic uncertainty remains the watchword of the day, although lawyers and the legal profession tend to be better-positioned than ...

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Looking Back at 2008: Top News (access required)

A major overhaul of state mental health law. Political infighting over the appointment of state and federal judges. A quick, decisive end to the discussion of mandatory legal malpractice. Those are just some of the developments and issues that Virginia ...

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Looking Back at 2008: Top Cases (access required)

Jury trials are down, law firm hiring has slowed. Maybe even pro se plaintiffs will begin to back off. Still, people are finding there are times when they have to “tell it to the judge.” And it may be a ...

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Legislators to court: do not tell us what to do (access required)

You can’t give us information about judges and order us not to disclose it, members of the House Courts of Justice Committee told representatives of the Supreme Court of Virginia last Thursday. At issue are judicial performance evaluation reports on ...

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Bank can’t be tagged for handling escrow (access required)

In a sign of tough times for the real estate development market, investors in a multi-story lakefront condo project are battling with the bank that paid out their investment money to now-bankrupt developers. The disappointed investors who thought they had ...

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