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Monthly Archives: January 2012

Senate standoff puts judge elections on hold

A political clash in the state Senate Tuesday delayed otherwise routine Virginia judicial elections at least until Thursday. Democrats and Republicans differed over whether to elect a slate of 49 judges that included two new faces – both former delegates. ...

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Deeds: Kill the Court of Appeals

Sen. Creigh Deeds, D-Bath Co., has introduced a bill to abolish the Virginia Court of Appeals. Senate Bill 630 would simply do away with Virginia’s 28-year-old intermediate appellate court effective Oct. 1, restoring the Supreme Court’s authority to hear criminal, ...

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Courts committees certify judges

On the heels of the Senate courts committee’s judicial interviews last Friday, both legislative courts committees have certified incumbent judges for possible re-election by the General Assembly this week. Supreme Court Justice Donald W. Lemons has been certified for another ...

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Hail, new Fellows

WILLIAMSBURG — The Virginia Law Foundation inducted the Fellows Class of 2012 at a dinner ceremony held in Williamsburg Jan. 19. Twenty-three lawyers were honored: The persons listed below were inducted as the 2012 Class of Fellows: • Alan D. ...

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Old Dominion Bar plans judicial interviews

Candidates for the seat of retiring Court of Appeals Judge James Haley Jr.  face a round of interviews.  Not only will they sit down with representatives of the Virginia State Bar on Feb. 16, they also are invited to meet ...

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Study: Jurors struggle with reckless, knowing conduct (access required)

A new study has found that jurors often struggle with how to distinguish reckless or knowing conduct on the part of defendants. The study, “Sorting Guilty Minds,” appeared in a recent issue of the New York University Law Review and ...

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VSB Disciplinary Actions (access required)

On Dec. 15, a three-judge panel of the Circuit Court for the City of Virginia Beach issued an admonition to Stephen T. Perkins of Virginia Beach for violating the professional rule that governs candor toward the tribunal. This discipline was ...

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Senate holds judicial interviews (access required)

There was nary a whisper about Hernandez at Friday’s judicial interviews conducted by the Senate Courts of Justice Committee. Even though committee control switched this year from Democrats to Republicans, the Senate followed the same practice as last year’s courts ...

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New case could impact sex-abuse, job-bias cases (access required)

The U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling that the First Amendment’s ministerial exception bars job-bias suits against religion-based employers likely will have an impact far beyond discrimination claims. The affirmative defense could be invoked in other cases, including those alleging sexual abuse ...

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