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Legislature names Mims to Supreme Court (access required)

The General Assembly unanimously elected former attorney general and legislator William C. Mims this afternoon to the Supreme Court of Virginia, effective April 1. The election was a foregone conclusion after his appearance Monday before the House and Senate Courts ...

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Lawyer Could-Have-Been: Peter Garrett

Midnight Oil is one of Australia’s best-known rock bands, putting out music for more than three decades. For 25 years, the front man and lead singer was a 6-foot-6 bald guy named Peter Garrett (right). Watch one of their videos ...

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Lawyer wins damages against malpractice carrier

A Richmond federal jury has awarded family law practitioner Terry Batzli damages in his suit against his legal malpractice carrier. A client complained about an alleged drafting error in a settlement agreement and sued Batzli for malpractice. Batzli notified his ...

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Standing ‘gag order’ dropped from final WD local rules (access required)

The federal judges of the Western District of Virginia this month dropped a long-standing gag rule in adopting a set of local rules for the first time. The change brings new freedom for criminal lawyers who were previously barred from ...

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Western District drops criminal case ‘gag order’

Adoption of a first-time set of local rules in federal courts of the Western District will mean elimination of a long-standing strict order barring lawyers from disclosing details of criminal cases. The 1983 standing order prohibits disclosure of information about ...

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Appellate defender’s office faces the budget ax  (access required)

The executive director of the Indigent Defense Commission is proposing elimination of the four-attorney appellate defender office as a way of addressing the budget shortfall. “They’ve done a really good job,” said David J. Johnson, the executive director, said of ...

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Courts committees interview judge candidates, in case positions are funded (access required)

The Senate and House Courts of Justice Committees interviewed nine candidates yesterday for eight possible judicial vacancies – possible because the House of Delegates’ version of the state budget puts a freeze on filling circuit and district court vacancies through ...

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Pretrial services prevail in fight with bail bondsmen (access required)

The pitched battle between bail bondsmen and advocates of pretrial services ended last week with the advocates taking the field. Last Monday, the Senate Courts of Justice Committee voted to pass by for the week House Bill 728, which would ...

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Attorney who pilfered accounts gets 18 months in prison

Former Franklin lawyer J. Edward Moyler Jr. today was sentenced to one and a half years in prison for stealing more than $4 million from his client accounts. Most of the money came from the estate of a well-known Franklin ...

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