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JUROR PERMITTED TO ASK QUESTION AT MURDER TRIAL (access required)

By Paul Fletcher, Publisher & Editor-in-Chief A juror can ask questions of a defense witness in a criminal trial, the Virginia Court of Appeals has ruled in a case of first impression. In a murder case that revolved around just ...

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'The Partner': Grisham does 'Mission: Impossible' (access required)

By Paul Fletcher, Publisher & Editor-in-Chief THE PARTNER. By John Grisham. Doubleday. 366 pages. $26.95. Patrick Lanigan had it all. A thriving law practice in Biloxi, Miss. A beautiful wife, a new baby. Prestige, money, a ticket to fat city. ...

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'Impact on family' not factor during sentencing (access required)

By Paul Fletcher, Publisher & Editor-in-Chief After he has been convicted of a felony, a man cannot introduce evidence of the impact jail time would have on his family and his employer, the Virginia Court of Appeals has ruled in ...

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Allen's list for high court now totals 31 candidates (access required)

By Paul Fletcher, Publisher & Editor-in-Chief The search for a new justice for the Virginia Supreme Court, like a famous battery bunny, just keeps going and going. New names keep getting added to the “short list” of lawyers and judges ...

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Defendant could help force MIST settlements (access required)

By Paul Fletcher, Publisher & Editor-in-Chief Plaintiff’s lawyers jerked around by a stonewalling insurance company may want to consider enlisting the help of the company’s policyholder in fighting the carrier, according to one personal injury lawyer. That surprising advice came ...

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Wife can stack policy from husband's firm (access required)

By Paul Fletcher, Publisher & Editor-in-Chief A woman hurt in a car crash can “stack” the coverage available from an insurance policy maintained by her husband’s company, a Fairfax Circuit judge has ruled. Nationwide, the carrier, issues a “family automobile ...

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Son, written out of will, sues brother (access required)

By Paul Fletcher, Publisher & Editor-in-Chief A man written out of his mother’s will can sue his brother for “intentional interference with inheritance,” a Virginia Beach Circuit judge has ruled. A second judge heard the case and found that the ...

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Divorce Law and the Lost Art of …Red Skleton? (access required)

By Paul Fletcher, Publisher & Editor-in-Chief Joe Theismann–the loquacious former Washington Redskins quarterback–is back in the Court of Appeals. Okay, so it’s not often that celebrities end up in the law books here in the Old Dominion. Especially when they ...

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Sanctions For Bringing A Weak Case Are Reversed (access required)

By Paul Fletcher, Publisher & Editor-in-Chief A lawyer should not be sanctioned for asking a judge to apply the federal Title VII proof scheme to a Lockhart race discrimination case, the Virginia Supreme Court has ruled. The high court rejected ...

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'Lockhart' Amendments Are Upheld (access required)

By Paul Fletcher, Publisher & Editor-in-Chief A white secretary claiming race discrimination after she was fired by a black supervisor cannot sue under the Bowman public policy exception, a Norfolk Circuit judge has ruled. The judge upheld the validity of ...

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