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Hassell to step down as Chief (access required)

Virginia Chief Justice Leroy Rountree Hassell Sr. told the annual meeting of state court judges Tuesday that he will step down after two four-year terms as head of the judicial branch. The announcement came during the chief justice’s annual State ...

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Wilder’s son gets education position

Gov. Bob McDonnell has appointed Larry Wilder, the son of former Gov. L. Douglas Wilder, as a special assistant on re-entry education. The younger Wilder practiced law for 14 years but more recently has been involved in what a press ...

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Hassell to step down as chief

Virginia Chief Justice Leroy Rountree Hassell Sr. told the annual meeting of state court judges today that he will step down after two four-year terms as head of the judicial branch. The announcement came during the chief justice’s annual State ...

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Hassell to step down as chief (access required)

Virginia Chief Justice Leroy Rountree Hassell Sr. told the annual meeting of state court judges today that he will step down after two four-year terms as head of the judicial branch. The announcement came during the chief justice’s annual State ...

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Former priest’s convictions upheld

The Virginia Court of Appeals affirmed today the embezzlement convictions of former Louisa County priest Rodney Rodis. A jury recommended that Rodis serve a total of 200 years on 10 embezzlement counts stemming from the theft of more than $200,000 ...

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Insanity finding not appealed properly (access required)

What do you do on appeal after your criminal trial has been converted to a civil proceeding? The Supreme Court of Virginia left that question open today in an unpublished order dismissing an appeal because the assignment of error challenged ...

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Follow the Rules: ‘Death penalty’ still there, but lawyers may get second chance (access required)

Attorneys who practice before the Supreme Court and the Court of Appeals better pay attention to the new Appellate Rules immediately. The new rules get right to the point: If the lawyer’s failure to comply leads to the “death penalty” ...

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