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Use the evidence to tell the jury a story (access required)

When presenting a case to a jury, there is a fine line an attorney must walk between showy theatricality and mind-numbing exposition of technical evidence. Be too entertaining and you lose credibility. Be too dry and jurors’ eyes roll back ...

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Amendments seek to extend fight against child abuse

With headlines about child abuse allegations coming from Penn State and Syracuse University, it’s no surprise to see legislation designed to insure that similar incidents don’t happen here. Del. Robert G. Marshall, R-Manassas, has introduced some of the first legislation ...

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Democrats mull suit to push GOP Senate power sharing (access required)

(AP) Virginia Democratic leaders said Monday they intend to file a lawsuit challenging the right of Republicans to seize a majority in the evenly divided state Senate. Senate Democratic Leader Dick Saslaw and Sen. Donald McEachin, D-Henrico, said they will ...

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VSB Disciplinary Actions (access required)

On Aug. 26, 2011, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board issued a public reprimand with terms to Wayne R. Hartke of Reston after finding he had violated disciplinary rules that govern diligence, communication, fees, safekeeping property, declining or terminating representation, ...

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Legal aiders meet, with help from the VLF (access required)

Virginia’s civil legal aid community gathered last month for its 2011 Annual Statewide Legal Aid Conference. Lawyers earned their continuing legal education credits for the year. Advocates discussed remedies to recurring obstacles faced by the poor. Legal aid providers and ...

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Defendant in $670M scam enters guilty plea (access required)

A man who cooked the books for a $670 million insurance industry scam pleaded guilty Monday to charges he helped mislead thousands of investors worldwide. Jorge Luis Castillo, 56, Hackettstown, N.J., entered pleas in Richmond federal court to conspiring to ...

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Henrico man pleads guilty to forging court order (access required)

Federal prosecutors say a Henrico County man has pleaded guilty to forging a judge’s signature. Ronald Wayne Hiteshew entered the plea Nov. 16 U.S. Magistrate Judge Dennis Dohnal in Richmond. Hiteshew, 45, faces up to five years in prison when ...

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Portsmouth woman admits to beheading piglet (access required)

CHESAPEAKE—A Portsmouth woman faces up to 50 years behind bars after admitting to beheading a piglet and leaving its head on the owner’s front porch. Ashley Fowler, 22, pleaded guilty in Chesapeake Circuit Court on Nov. 18 to two counts ...

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Judge: Town improperly OKd coal-fired plant (access required)

DENDRON—A judge has sided with several Dendron residents who said town leaders improperly approved a proposed $6 billion coal-fired plant last year. The decision is likely only a temporary setback for the Cypress Creek Power Station, which is also opposed ...

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VALL wins marketing award (access required)

The American Association of Law Libraries has awarded a 2011 Excellence in Marketing Award to the Virginia Association of Law Libraries for the best marketing campaign. The national organization cited the Virginia group’s campaign to demonstrate the value of librarians’ ...

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