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Tort – Defamation – Bar Complaint

A divorce lawyer’s defamation case can proceed against a client’s father-in-law who allegedly cited “the Duke case” and threatened the lawyer with a bar complaint unless the lawyer’s and husband’s “actions” toward wife and granddaughter “progress[ed] in the right direction,” ...

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Criminal – Speedy Trial Act – Waiver (access required)

Two burglary defendants waived their right to a preliminary hearing, and even assuming the continuous custody of both defendants, they were in custody only 126 days prior to their trial date, and the Roanoke County Circuit Court denies their motions ...

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Criminal – Murder – Insanity Defense (access required)

A defendant’s first-degree murder and related convictions are affirmed by the Court of Appeals, despite defendant’s claim that the trial court erred in granting the commonwealth’s motion in limine to exclude any reference by defense counsel to the consequences of ...

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