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Judges move fast to fill GD vacancy (access required)

Roanoke Valley circuit judges wasted no time naming a replacement for retiring General District Judge Vincent A. Lilley this week. With an eye on possible budget cuts at the General Assembly, the judges appointed Roanoke lawyer Scott R. Geddes to ...

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Roanoke Valley bars split on endorsements (access required)

Bar associations in the Roanoke Valley have endorsed two Roanoke attorneys for a coming vacancy on the general district bench. The Roanoke Bar Association voted Nov. 8 to endorse Melissa W. Friedman for the seat to be vacated by the ...

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Judge tosses federal charges for Brady violation (access required)


An Alexandria federal judge has thrown out criminal charges against two people accused in an illegal “visa-for-sale” scheme based on prosecutors’ failure to disclose information about trial witnesses. The unusual action by U.S. District Judge Leonie M. Brinkema came in ...

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Justices agree to hear ‘balance billing’ case (access required)

The Supreme Court of Virginia has agreed to review a case focusing on whether a hospital can bill a patient the full amount of its charges when the hospital is “out-of-network” for the patient. A Henry County judge last year ...

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Lawsuit defends bald eagle home (access required)

A lawsuit in Alexandria federal court is aimed at protecting the nest of a family of bald eagles from the aggravation of nearby construction work. The lawyer for a concerned bird watcher says a federal official broke the rules when ...

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Leader of the Year (access required)


The Virginia Lawyers Weekly “Leader of the Year” has devoted her 23-year legal career to helping vic­tims of domestic and sexual abuse. Susheela Varky of Richmond was one of 26 lawyers honored in the Class of 2016 of Virginia Lawyers ...

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Cop says he was fired for reporting corruption (access required)


Call it the case of the candy pre­text. A former Petersburg police officer says he was fired based on a trumped-up ac­cusation that he improperly ate candy found at the scene of a police search. The ex-detective says the real ...

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Albo: Lawyers should have right to withdraw for non-payment (access required)


One lawyer-legislator says lawyers should have the right to cut off their services if a client fails to pay as agreed. Not all judges agree with the concept, but Del. David Albo, R-Springfield, says, “I’m sick of working for free.” ...

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