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Monthly Archives: January 2011

Former Winchester prosecutor charged with witness tampering (access required)

Former Winchester Commonwealth’s Attorney Paul H. Thomson has been charged with tampering with a federal witness. An affidavit from the Drug Enforcement Administration alleges that Thomson, 56, tried to manipulate statements by his former cocaine supplier after the supplier was ...

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Willard Finney (access required)

Willard R. Finney, a retired Rocky Mount lawyer and a former member of the House of Delegates, died Jan. 10 after a lengthy illness. He was 84. A native of Franklin County, Mr. Finney served in World War II and ...

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Tobacco manufacturer says distributor didn’t pay its bills – $5,257,644 Verdict (access required)

The plaintiff Virginia Brands is a cigarette manufacturer and produced cigarettes for the defendant Kingston Tobacco under a contract in which Kingston Tobacco agreed to pay for the cigarettes and associated regulatory charges incurred by Virginia Brands. After Kingston Tobacco’s ...

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Man dies from pneumonia before learning of diagnosis – $3,500,000 Verdict (access required)

The 24-year-old decedent went to the defendant doctor with chest pain and a cough. He was diagnosed with chestwall pain and prescribed a narcotic pain reliever. The decedent returned the next day with complaints of increased chest pain and spitting ...

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IOLTA Web Poll

In 1995, the General Assembly put an end to mandatory IOLTA for Virginia lawyers. Sixteen years later, supporters of legal services for the poor, including the Virginia Bar Association, are launching a push to revive mandatory Interest on Lawyers’ Trust ...

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Texting Driver Can Be Convicted of DUI, Manslaughter (access required)

A trial court was not required, after defendant’s DUI conviction, to dismiss defendant’s indictment for vehicular aggravated involuntary manslaughter as a violation of the federal constitutional Double Jeopardy Clause and Va. Code § 19.2-294, and the Court of Appeals affirms ...

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