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Former prosecutor appointed to car attack case (access required)

Former Albemarle County Commonwealth’s Attorney Denise Y. Lunsford has been appointed to represent the man accused of a deadly car attack in Charlottesville Saturday. Lunsford will take the place of Charles L. “Buddy” Weber, the lawyer first appointed for defendant ...

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Improper battery issue prompts third med-mal trial (access required)


Even though the Supreme Court of Virginia unanimously ruled that a $1.3 million medical malpractice verdict was tainted by jury instruc­tions improperly focused on bat­tery and informed consent issues, a five-justice majority gave the pa­tient a third chance at a ...

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Lawsuit targets rally organizers (access required)

Two sisters injured in the car attack Saturday that killed a Charlottesville paralegal have sued the alleged driver of the car as well as organizers of the white nationalist rally that allegedly precipitated the violence. The suit, filed Tuesday in Charlottesville ...

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Weber to defend man accused in Charlottesville death (access required)

A general district judge selected Charlottesville attorney Charles L. “Buddy” Weber Jr. on Monday to represent the Ohio man accused of killing one and injuring 19 others by ramming his car into a crowd after a protest rally on Saturday. ...

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Governor criticizes judge who blocked rally relocation (access required)

Governor Terry McAuliffe said he is “very angry” that a federal judge blocked an effort by Charlottesville officials to relocate a scheduled protest rally that led to violence and death on Saturday. Speaking on National Public Radio Monday morning, the ...

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Politicians on Facebook (access required)


Politicians have taken to Face­book and Twitter to stay in touch with their constituents, but elect­ed officials are hearing they have to play by a different set of social media rules than the rest of us. Instead of deleting comments ...

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Guilty plea withdrawn due to ‘ineffective’ counsel (access required)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