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Monthly Archives: February 2010

Hospital policy claim allowed in med mal lawsuit

Roanoke Circuit Judge Clifford Weckstein will allow a medical malpractice plaintiff to pursue his claim that a Carilion Clinic policy discouraging outside referrals led to medical complications. Weckstein ruled today in a hearing in the case of Ronald Burchett, according ...

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War of words breaks out at Kingsmill

A William & Mary law professor used legal “mumbo jumbo” to undermine the authority of the Kingsmill Community Services Association, accused the group’s lawyer in a letter delivered by police . The professor fires back, saying the tactic is a ...

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Police officer’s immunity will stand

The U.S. Supreme Court has refused to review a finding that a Botetourt County officer had qualified immunity from a lawsuit claiming he unlawfully entered a home at night to investigate a missing teen aged girl. The 4th U.S. Court ...

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W&L names interim dean

Mark Grunewald (right), a law professor at Washington and Lee University since 1976, will become interim dean on July 1. The current dean, Rodney A. Smolla, is leaving to become president of Furman University in Greenville, S.C. A graduate of ...

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Saving money by not seeking jail time   (access required)

Virginia commonwealth’s attorneys say they will help reduce the cost of representing indigent defendants by not seeking jail time for most Class 1 and Class 2 misdemeanors. The constitutional right of indigent defendants to have a lawyer represent them generally ...

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4th Circuit on bolstering, Batson

A Richmond federal prosecutor crossed a line during closing argument in a weapons trial when she told the jury that two government witnesses “told the truth,” the 4th Circuit says. Federal precedent says it is improper for a prosecutor to ...

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A freeze on new judges (access required)

The House Appropriations Committee wants to put a freeze on filling judicial vacancies through June 30, 2012. “[T]he total number of authorized judges in any judicial district or circuit shall be reduced by a number equal to the number of ...

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