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Pomrenke off the bench after contempt conviction (access required)

Bristol Juvenile & Domestic Relations Judge Kurt J. Pomrenke is not sitting on the bench following his federal conviction last week of criminal contempt of court. Pomrenke was found to have willfully violated a nondisclosure order in connection with federal ...

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Lawyer facing priority ethics hearing accepts suspension (access required)

A Winchester lawyer accused of disrupting courts through missed court dates and late appearances has agreed to an indefinite suspension on the basis of impairment. The Virginia State Bar had petitioned for an expedited hearing on charges against Shelly R. ...

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Drug treatment court launches in Virginia Beach (access required)

The latest drug court docket in the state is ready to debut in Virginia Beach. The drug treatment court screening process began June 1 and the program will start as soon as suitable defendants are recommended and agree to participate, ...

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‘Arrogant defiance’ (access required)


Struggling con­sumers in­creasingly are seeking finan­cial help from online lenders, but consumer lawyers warn the relief may be only temporary. High interest rates and fees, levied through relentless bank with­drawals, sometimes bring consumers to the bankruptcy they hoped to avoid, ...

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Lawyer suspended until 2024 (access required)

A lawyer discipline panel has tacked on an additional five years to a prior three-year suspension for a Reston attorney who allegedly made a false statement to a judge. The Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board said bar prosecutors had proven ...

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Unheeded advice: Law firm avoids blame in prosecution (access required)


A government contractor that faced federal charges after disregarding lawyers’ advice on use of prohib­ited employees failed to prove a legal malpractice claim against its law firm, a bankruptcy judge has ruled. The decision absolved a now-defunct Washington firm of ...

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Judge Trumbo to retire in January (access required)

Botetourt County Circuit Judge Malfourd “Bo” Trumbo says he will retire at the end of the year. The former state senator tells The Roanoke Times he plans to work as a mediator after stepping down from the bench. Trumbo, 62, ...

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