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Norfolk judge showed bias (access required)

A Norfolk trial judge should have recused himself from a drug case after his irritation over “judge-shopping” prompted the judge to remove the defendant’s lawyer from the local court-appointed counsel list. In Wilson v. Commonwealth (VLW 006-6-065), the Supreme Court ...

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Judges' reviews to stay confidential (access required)

VIRGINIA BEACH – Next month, Virginia rolls out its judicial performance evaluation program for the commonwealth’s first class of eligible judges. Mum’s the word when it comes to critiques of judges’ professional performance un-der the new program, according to Virginia ...

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Who let the cows out? (access required)

It was bovines, not canines, at issue in a recent case before Prince George Circuit Judge W. Allan Sharrett. His honor had to apportion blame for what happened when Elsie (or was it Bessie?) ambled out onto a public thoroughfare, ...

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