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Biases can flow both ways, judges say (access required)

As a “skinny little kid from South Bronx,” Janice J. Wellington didn’t necessarily expect to wind up as the first female judge in Prince William County. Wellington, who is African-American, says she was a “little offended” the first time the ...

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Woman dies during delivery of child by cesarean section – $800,000 Verdict (access required)

Plaintiff’s decedent, age 34, went to Chesapeake General Hospital on May 22, 2008, for delivery of her third child by cesarean section. The defendant anesthesiologist administered epidural anesthesia for regional pain control. Within minutes, the patient became agitated, complained of ...

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Lawyer ‘ineffective’ on appeal right

Talking with a convicted client’s kinfolk does not satisfy a criminal defense lawyer’s duty to consult about a possible appeal. Although a trial court signed off on the lawyer’s efforts, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reversed the lower ...

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Court to review ruling on Dead Man’s Statute (access required)

The Supreme Court of Virginia will review a Roanoke trial judge’s ruling that a physician’s medical notes provided corroboration for the physician’s testimony that he advised a patient to see an endocrinologist because he suspected the patient had Cushing’s syndrome. ...

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