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Koontz receives VTLA’s Distinguished Service Award (access required)

Justice Koontz

WILLIAMSBURG–Virginia Supreme Court Justice Lawrence L. Koontz  Jr. retired from the high court in 2010, after 43 years as a judge. Since leaving the court full-time, he has remained busy, sitting on appeals as a senior justice and working as ...

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Lawyer wins challenge to Christian prayers at county board meetings

A lawyer who claimed regular Christian prayers at Pittsylvania County board meetings violated the First Amendment has won a court injunction against the practice. U.S. District Judge Michael Urbanski Wednesday issued a permanent injunction barring the board of supervisors from ...

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New claims added to Morgan Harrington lawsuit

An amended complaint alleges the college student who disappeared from a 2009 Charlottesville rock concert was disoriented from a head injury, but was denied any help from a concert security crew. The Harrington family’s lawsuit alleges the security company’s indifference ...

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Appeals court allows do-over for procedural defaults (access required)


Some procedural errors that may have meant dismissed appeals will no longer be fatal, a divided Virginia Court of Appeals said today in a trio of en banc cases. Specifically, in two cases, the court allowed amendments to retool assignments ...

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Lawyers clash over new trial for murder suspect

Both prosecutors and defense lawyers agree the Richmond conviction of Brandon Cooper is tainted by the prosecution’s failure to turn over evidence that might have helped Cooper’s defense. The two sides disagree about whether Cooper should face a new trial. ...

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How to own cross-examination of a witness (access required)

Cross Examine

Of everything that goes into being a trial lawyer, nothing is more difficult, more subtle or more challenging than cross-examination. Writing about cross-examination is a little bit like writing about golf. Reading an article by Tiger Woods on the fundamentals ...

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