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Bill to expand death penalty dies in committee (access required)

A Republican-backed bill to expand the death penalty in Virginia died in a Senate committee Wednesday when a GOP senator abstained, citing a potential conflict of interests. The bill died on a 7-7 party-line vote in the Courts of Justice ...

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VSB Disciplinary Action (access required)

Effective March 1, a three-judge panel of the Stafford County Circuit Court suspended the law license of Clive A. O’Leary of Fredericksburg for one year with terms for violating professional rules that govern diligence, communication, fees, safekeeping property, declining or ...

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Peter G. Decker Jr. (access required)

Peter G. Decker Jr. of Norfolk and of Bal Harbour, Fla., died of cancer on Feb. 3. He was 76. Mr. Decker was widely known as a cheerleader and supporter of Norfolk and its people and a generous friend to ...

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Maurice H. Bell Jr. (access required)

Richmond lawyer Maurice H. Bell Jr. died Feb. 5. He was 70. Mr. Bell was a graduate of Randolph-Macon College, and attended the University of Richmond law school. He practiced law in Richmond for over 30 years, and he was ...

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Effort to bar noncompetes falls short

A bill that would outlaw Virginia noncompete agreements is dead in the House of Delegates. House Bill 1187, introduced by Del. Patrick Hope, D-Arlington, would have banned contracts restricting former employees from engaging in any lawful profession, trade or business. ...

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Twelve for ’12: A look at the stories we’ll be watching in the coming year (access required)

For our annual Trends issue this year, we have identified a dozen different issues or points of departure that we’ll be watching in the coming year. Twelve for ’12, we call it. Here’s the list: STRESS ON THE COURTS Read ...

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Man posed as clinical psychologist in child sex abuse case – $15,400,000 Verdict (access required)

The sexual abuse victim was 13 to 14 years old at the time of the sexual abuse against him by his 47-year-old “counselor,” James W. Davis, who was posing as a clinical psychologist. On two occasions during the course of ...

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