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Judgment will stand against former prosecutor (access required)

A Culpeper County employee who sued the county commonwealth’s attorney for assault and battery will get to keep his $1,500 judgment against the former official. A circuit judge’s decision Monday resolved a procedural dispute over the handling of appeals from ...

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A fine plan (access required)

Traffic Stop Police FEA

Virginia courts are under pres­sure to make sure traffic offend­ers have a realistic chance to pay off their court obligations without losing their driving privileges. The Supreme Court of Virginia is expected to consider a rule directing courts to provide ...

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Lawyers struggle with deadlines in utilities case (access required)

With electronic filing, missing a deadline can be a matter of seconds. A lawyer for the former chief financial officer of the scandal-plagued Bristol utilities agency is asking for forgiveness for a one-minute delay in filing post-trial pleadings. Motions for ...

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Victim clears suit hurdles, gains $6.5M settlement (access required)

Rear-Ender Car Accident FEA

A case that looked discouraging at first proved worthy of a recent $6.5 million settlement for a man severely injured in an interstate crash. As they kept digging, the victim’s lawyers say they slowly uncovered facts that enhanced the defendant’s ...

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Lawsuit describes brutal jail stay

A $60 million lawsuit describes horrific conditions at the Portsmouth jail where a 24-year-old mentally disabled inmate died in August. The suit – filed May 10 – seeks actual and punitive damages for the death of Jamycheal Mitchell on Aug. ...

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Hoffman named to Newport News judgeship

Circuit judges have selected Newport News attorney Matthew W. Hoffman to fill a general district bench vacancy. The interim appointment to replace Judge Richard C. Kerns lasts until the next General Assembly session. The Daily Press reports the Assembly left ...

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