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The Death Penalty In Virginia (access required)

Virginia’s “21-day rule” for post-conviction introduction of evidence — infamous among opponents of capital punishment nationally — is under intense scrutiny on legislative and judicial fronts. The General Assembly’s investigative commission has asked to review how the death penalty is ...

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Bill Would Change Use Of Evidence After 21 Days (access required)

The State Crime Commission has drafted legislation that would give the Supreme Court authority to order consideration of new physical evidence in criminal cases after the current 21-day post-conviction deadline. The commission chair, Sen. Kenneth W. Stolle, R-Virginia Beach, last ...

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Divorce Files Would Be Protected Online (access required)

As Fairfax County prepares to pilot its new electronic case filing system next January, domestic lawyers are expressing urgent concern that their clients will be at risk when divorce files are available by remote access. Fairfax family lawyer Richard J. ...

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Should The VSB Lobby The General Assembly? (access required)

When the Virginia State Bar’s Executive Committee voted in September to unleash members of its technology task force on the General Assembly to lobby for limitations on Internet court filings, the decision at the time seemed a no-brainer. Harrisonburg family ...

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VSB Gives Insurance Endorsement To ALPS (access required)

It’s official — The Virginia State Bar Council has endorsed Attorneys Liability Protection Society (ALPS) as its malpractice carrier for three years starting Jan. 1. All but a handful of VSB Council members voted to endorse the Montana-based company during ...

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Stosch watching VSB's MDP debate (access required)

Sen. Walter A Stosch, R-Glen Allen, who sponsored a new law in General Assembly this year that allows accounting firms to include non-accountant owners, has been watching lawyers’ debates over multidisciplinary practice with interest. While the lawyers have been agonizing ...

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ANLIR And VSB To Part Ways After Many Years? (access required)

A Virginia State Bar committee’s recommendation that a Montana-based company be awarded the agency’s endorsement for legal liability insurance potentially ends a long relationship with the homegrown company that has carried that endorsement since 1983. American National Lawyers Insurance Reciprocal ...

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Change Of Insurers Is Recommended To VSB (access required)

The special Virginia State Bar insurance committee has recommended that a Montana-based company be named the bar’s endorsed malpractice carrier for the next three years. After a months-long process that included soliciting competitive proposals from five companies, a majority of ...

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Products Case Nets Record Settlement (access required)

A $14 million settlement has been reached in a case in which a woman was severely burned when the three-wheel parking enforcement vehicle she was driving tipped over and caught fire. The settlement, which was reached partly through mediation three ...

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