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Monthly Archives: February 2011

Prior approval for suits by frequent flyer upheld (access required)

A Chesterfield County circuit judge properly dismissed actions filed by a disbarred attorney with a history of filing frivolous suits because he had not sought leave of court before filing them, the Supreme Court of Virginia ruled today in an ...

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Medical Examiner Can’t Testify by Videoconference (access required)

A Roanoke City Circuit Court denies the commonwealth’s request to use two-way videoconferencing technology at defendant’s homicide trial to present testimony of the medical examiner who performed the autopsy; the court’s 10-page opinion surveys the legal framework for use of ...

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Legal History Nugget: Giles B. Jackson (access required)

Editor’s Note: As Black History month draws to a close, we provide a feature, on Giles B. Jackson, the first African-American to argue before the Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals (now the Supreme Court of Virginia). For Giles B. Jackson, ...

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Fairfax Bar mulls return of written judicial evaluations (access required)

The Fairfax Bar Association panel is considering whether to revive its long-standing local evaluation program for general district judges. The local evaluations were ended when the Supreme Court of Virginia initiated a similar statewide evaluation system in 2002. That judicial ...

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A Dog Law trifecta

Maybe we need to update last August’s feature on “Dog Law: A Legal Salute to Man’s Best Friend.” That piece examined what happens when Bowser shows up in case law, statutes and lawsuits. This past week, we hit a Dog ...

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Judge Richard L. Williams dies at 87 (access required)

Senior U.S. District Judge Richard L. Williams, a founder of what is now McGuireWoods LLP and a federal judge for more than 30 years, died at his South Richmond home on Feb. 19. He was 87. A native of Morrisville ...

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Lawyer’s former girlfriend loots trust account

Salem lawyer Greg Phillips fell victim to a larcenous ex-girlfriend, according to federal authorities. Rebekkah Ferrell of Roanoke pleaded guilty Wednesday to bank fraud charges that could land her in prison for up to 30 years. After leaving a job ...

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