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A “show cause” can be a good thing (access required)

Lawyers with cases on appeal to the Supreme Court of Virginia may get a “Rule to Show Cause.” The rule is nothing like the one the court issued recently to a Winchester lawyer who suggested the court “didn’t have the ...

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Local immigration ‘dragnets’ can pull in small fry to big catch (access required)

In recent months, Arizona has drawn attention for its aggressive approach toward policing immigration status. But take a look at Virginia. Since 2008, localities in the commonwealth have been using arrests for even minor offenses as a chance to check ...

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With VSB funds up, agency needs emerge (access required)

When the Virginia State Bar’s operating reserve was dropping, the discussion was about how soon dues would go up. Does a surplus dictate a decrease in dues? Richmond lawyer W. David Harless posed the question last week at a meeting ...

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An invalid order, but no standing to challenge it (access required)

What happens when a judge without authority to hear an ex parte petition grants it anyway and no party has standing to object to it? You have what a concurring justice calls “a procedural Gordian knot.” The knot was tied ...

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Attorney appears before court on show cause

Update: 09/16/2010, 4:36 p.m. It was enough. Barely three hours after Crane appeared before the Supreme Court, it issued the following order: “Upon consideration of the apology proffered by William A. Crane, the Rule to Show Cause is dismissed.” An ...

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Attorney appears before court on show cause

Update: 09/16/2010, 4:36 p.m. It was enough. Barely three hours after Crane appeared before the Supreme Court, it issued the following order: “Upon consideration of the apology proffered by William A. Crane, the Rule to Show Cause is dismissed.” An ...

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Attorney apologizes to Supreme Court (access required)

Update: 09/16/2010, 4:36 p.m. It was enough. Barely three hours after Crane appeared before the Supreme Court, it issued the following order: “Upon consideration of the apology proffered by William A. Crane, the Rule to Show Cause is dismissed.” An ...

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