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Deeds draws challenger

A Charlottesville lawyer plans to run as a Republican for the seat of state Sen. Creigh Deeds. Elsewhere, two incumbent commonwealth’s attorneys announce bids for re-election. “T.J.” Aldous, the Charlottesville lawyer, described himself as a “committed conservative” as he told ...

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Petro Poop? Creativity from the bench

Trend Alert: Judges increasingly are resorting to humor, pop culture references and rhymes in their opinions. The Wall Street Journal reports this morning that judges across the country are more frequently using these devices to spice up otherwise drab legal ...

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Lawyer attacked after acquittal

Victims’ families confronted the defense lawyer after a Norfolk jury acquitted a sailor of manslaughter charges in a wreck that killed two people and hurt two others. Video from station WTKR shows the father of one of the victims yelling ...

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$23M verdict stands for Richmond plaintiff

A $23-million verdict for a man severely injured in a highway truck crash has survived post-trial motions in Richmond Circuit Court. Circuit Judge Melvin Hughes denied defense motions to set aside or reduce the award, Richmond lawyer Chris Guedri said. ...

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New wrinkle in ‘inherent authority’?

A Virginia trial judge has no “inherent authority” to reduce a felony to a misdemeanor after he found the defendant guilty of grand larceny in a bench trial, the Virginia Court of Appeals said today. The defendant was hoping for ...

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Henrico lawyer surrenders license (access required)

Henrico County lawyer William O. Smith has surrendered his license to practice law rather than contest allegations that he misappropriated hundreds of thousands of dollars from escrow accounts related to a title insurance agency. Smith is the owner-operator of the ...

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