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Guilty plea withdrawn due to ‘ineffective’ counsel (access required)

Without objection by prosecu­tors, a Roanoke federal judge last month allowed a drug defendant serving nearly 25 years in prison to withdraw his guilty plea based on ineffective assistance of counsel. Demarcus Brown’s lawyer dropped the ball after the govern­ment ...

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Lawyer regains license after impairment suspension (access required)

A Blacksburg lawyer who was found not guilty of gun and drug charges by reason of insanity in 2013 has regained his law license. Joseph G. Painter Jr. had his Virginia State Bar privileges restored in a May 11 order ...

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Byrum seeks VSB presidency (access required)


Alexandria lawyer Marni E. Byrum is seeking to lead the Virginia State Bar in 2019-20. Byrum, long active in bar leadership roles, has filed a petition to serve as president-elect of the VSB beginning next summer. She will be unopposed if ...

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Raphael to step down as state solicitor general (access required)

Virginia Solicitor General Stuart A. Raphael, who led a charge against President Trump’s controversial travel ban in February, is resigning at the end of this month. Raphael, of Arlington, was appointed solicitor general in 2014 by then-Attorney General-elect Mark Herring. ...

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Professor settles with law school (access required)

A former law professor who sued the Appalachian School of Law for allegedly mishandling threats from a student has settled the case. The two sides reached agreement at a settlement conference with Magistrate Judge Pamela Meade Sargent on July 27, ...

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Bar charges Morrissey with tryst cover-up (access required)

The Virginia State Bar has accused Henrico County lawyer Joseph D. Morrissey, a former state delegate, with making false statements and deleting evidence to hide a 2013 sexual encounter with an underage office staffer. The new bar ethics charges follow ...

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Fees are a dollar short, but case can stay in court (access required)


A personal injury plaintiff avoided disaster this month when a Montgomery County judge ruled that his last-minute lawsuit was not too late, even though the check to cover the filing and process fees was a dollar short. The deadline passed ...

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Everett era ends for open government office (access required)

The woman who has managed the Virginia Freedom of Information Advisory Council since its inception in 2000 is stepping down today. Maria Everett will retire as the first, and so far only, executive director of the agency formed to make ...

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