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Governor approves familial DNA testing

The Virginia Department Forensic Science will begin providing familial DNA searches for state law enforcement agencies, Gov. Bob McDonnell announced today. The agency has a database of more than 330,000 profiles that can be tested against DNA material from crime ...

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Parties to med-mal cap deal getting nervous (access required)

Lawyers, doctors and hospital leaders thought they had finished the hard part last November, when they agreed gradually to increase the state’s statutory cap on medical malpractice awards. Hammered out over three years of negotiations, the implementing legislation sailed through ...

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Bar groups provide ‘informal accountability,’ Mims says (access required)

In a judicial selection process that imbues judges with a great deal of independence and little formal accountability, bar groups provide “informal accountability that works quite well,” Justice William C. Mims told the Richmond Bar Association today. He noted that ...

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Congressmen said to agree on redistricting plan

Politico is reporting that Virginia’s congressional delegation has reached a redistricting deal that likely will ensure eight of the state’s 11 seats will remain Republican for the next decade. You might ask how they can do that when the General ...

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Courts committees set process for filling judicial vacancies (access required)

David B. Albo, chairman of the House Courts of Justice Committee, has asked the Virginia State Bar to vet additional candidates to fill two vacancies on the Supreme Court of Virginia. Karen A. Gould, executive director of the VSB, said ...

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