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Judge Felton on compassion

WINTERGREEN–The chief judge of the Virginia Court of Appeals had a few words of advice for the men and women who mete out lawyer discipline. Dishonest lawyers are a pox and should be gotten rid of. But mistakes are easy ...

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Criminal procedure in Mayberry

The late great Andy Griffith passed away earlier this week. Who knew that tucked away in an old episode of “The Andy Griffith Show,” there is a clip of Sheriff Andy Taylor giving his son Opie a lesson in attorney-client ...

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Troutman opens Beijing office

Troutman Sanders LLP has opened an office in Beijing. The new office is the third in China for the firm, which started a Hong Kong office in 1997 and an office in Shanghai in 2007. With the addition, Troutman has ...

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And Ringo was his name-O

Sean Sowards was cruising along Interstate 77 in western North Carolina one day, heading home to Ohio after visiting Atlanta. Probably had some good tunes going. He was pushing the speed limit just a little, which was 70 mph for ...

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Justices are people, too

Big week for the U.S. Supreme Court, between the Arizona immigration decision on Monday and the anticipated “Obamacare” case this morning. You can bet both the proponents and the opponents of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act have their ...

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Fees? Simple.

Many of the opinions we get at this newspaper involve a fight over who is liable for some harm or whether some statute has been violated, and who is responsible and must pay money damages. Some opinions are in a ...

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Bark the vote

A letter for Mo Morris came to Tim Morris’s house in Bedford County last week. It asked Mo to register to vote for this fall’s elections. Two problems with this: (1) “Mo” is short for Mozart, Morris’s dog. And (2) ...

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The Puritans are back in town

Let’s do the Time Warp. The Puritans are back in charge in Massachusetts. At least they seem to running the town of Middleborough, where you now can be ticketed for swearing in public, First Amendment be, uh, darned. Residents of ...

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