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Accountant gets big ‘reward’ for blowing whistle (access required)

An accountant who spotted a $155,000 discrepancy in the books at the credit union where he worked will pocket almost that much from the recent $640,000 settlement of his state whistleblower lawsuit. Fairfax attorney Zachary A. Kitts, who represented plaintiff ...

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For the Defense: Wellman becomes chief of VADA (access required)

When Stanley P. Wellman joined the firm of Browder, Russell, Butcher & Morris in 1987, he received the type of advice one expects from a mentor, especially one who specializes in insurance coverage: work hard and pay attention to detail. ...

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Fugitive father can’t appeal custody ruling in Virginia (access required)

A father living in Spain who is a fugitive from Virginia justice forfeits his right to appeal a custody ruling involving his son. Last month, the Supreme Court of Virginia, following the lead of the Virginia Court of Appeals, adopted ...

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Amend advance directive law, says mental health panel (access required)

WILLIAMSBURG—The Commission on Mental Health Law Reform thinks a person with mental health issues should have more say over how he is treated if and when he becomes incapable of directing his own mental health treatment. The commission is backing ...

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Criminal – Habeas Corpus – Death Penalty – Brady Claim (access required)

A petitioner convicted of the rape and murder of a woman he purported to take home from a club in a friend’s car is not entitled to habeas relief on his Brady claim; the 4th Circuit says that production of ...

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Father wasn’t ‘patient’ of OB/GYN (access required)

Doctors won a double victory at the Supreme Court of Virginia in a case where a couple sued two obstetricians over the birth of twin daughters with Down syndrome. In Fruiterman v. Granata (VLW 008-6-101), the high court rejected the ...

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Jury selection: Who hurts, who helps (access required)

Trials may be on the wane but lawyers still want to know how to choose a jury. Lawyers trying to pick people who will decide for their client may review juror questionnaires and do Google searches, or hire a consultant ...

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Putney calls for return of diploma (access required)

A powerful Virginia lawmaker says the police chief in Charlotte, N.C., should return a bachelor’s degree he did not earn, or complete the work needed for the Virginia Commonwealth University diploma. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reported last week that Del. Lacey ...

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AP polls strengths, weaknesses of presidential candidates in Va. (access required)

The Associated Press got a take on the strengths and weaknesses of the presidential candidates Barack Obama and John McCain from the eyes of Virginians through an exit poll of 2,500 voters. OBAMA’S STRENGTHS: Obama did best among those under ...

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Experts to debate campaign financing (access required)

The University of Richmond law school will host a debate on “Hard Questions about Soft Money: Campaign Finance Reform and Fiscal Freedom in Today’s Economy.” The debate on Nov. 13 at 6 p.m. will be held in the law school’s ...

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