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Lawyers’ right to withdraw wins favor at Assembly (access required)

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Virginia criminal defense lawyers may have a way to get out of a case if the client fails to pay as agreed, even if a judge disapproves. House Bill 1411 would give a privately retained lawyer the right to withdraw ...

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Northern Virginia lawyer convicted of fraud (access required)

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A Kentucky federal jury last week convicted a Vienna attorney of fraud in connection with a promised green technology project in a job-hungry community. Daniel R. Goodwin allegedly controlled an escrow account where money belonging to a participating contractor disappeared. ...

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Bond holder seeks possession of Buena Vista city hall (access required)

Court facilities located in the Buena Vista government complex might have to be moved if a bank has its way in a new federal lawsuit that seeks authority to foreclose on that building and other city property. The bank and ...

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Med mal contrib decision will stand (access required)

A judge’s decision to allow a contributory negligence defense in a medical malpractice case has been upheld by the Supreme Court of Virginia. The court this month decided not to take up an appeal in the case of an emergency ...

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Legislators question court caseload numbers (access required)

Some state senators on Thursday sharply questioned the accuracy of figures used to decide which empty judgeships are filled in Virginia trial courts. As the Senate squelched a bid to fill two circuit court vacancies in Loudoun and Prince William ...

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Court rules misplaced surgery is not battery (access required)

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The Supreme Court of Virginia has rerouted a short cut to recovery for some surgery patients. The court ruled this month that a surgeon who mistakenly operated on the wrong level of a patient’s spine cannot be sued for battery. ...

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Judge blocks felon gun permits (access required)

A Wise County judge has refused to restore the gun rights of two convicted felons, questioning in one case whether the petitioner’s civil rights were properly restored by Gov. Terry McAuliffe. The case raises what may be the first challenge ...

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Legislature takes up criminal discovery reform (access required)

A criminal discovery reform proposal rejected by the Virginia Supreme Court in 2015 could emerge from the General Assembly this year, but it likely will have to survive a legislative panel that already killed a similar measure. The state Senate ...

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JIRC urges censure of judges for courthouse advocacy (access required)

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Virginia’s Judicial Inquiry and Review Commission says two judges who publicly urged voters to reject a county courthouse relocation proposal should be disciplined for “political activity.” The JIRC is asking the Supreme Court of Virginia to censure Court of Appeals ...

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Burnett to retire as JIRC Counsel (access required)

The state’s enforcer of judicial ethics is stepping down this year. Judicial Inquiry and Review Commission Counsel Katherine B. Burnett has confirmed that she will retire at the end of the year. The seven-member, constitutionally mandated commission presides over an agency ...

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