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Charge: Lawyer submitted bogus pay records (access required)

An Augusta County lawyer is accused of profiting from falsified pay records he presented to bolster clients’ claims for lost wages. Franklin C. Coyner of Stuarts Draft was directly indicted in November on a felony charge of grand larceny by ...

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Lawyer avoids discipline after assault conviction (access required)

A Portsmouth lawyer convicted of assault after a deputy sheriff accused him of sexual battery has avoided the threat of Virginia State Bar discipline. The VSB Disciplinary Board dismissed a bar charge against Sterling H. Weaver Jr. on Feb. 19. ...

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Five seek judgeship in Martinsville area (access required)

Five attorneys are hoping to win legislative approval to succeed retired Henry County General District Judge Edwin Gendron Jr. Four of the five have current or past prosecutorial experience, reports the Martinsville Bulletin. A local bar association president told the ...

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Measure would expand judges’ gun rights (access required)

The General Assembly favors expanding the rights of Virginia judges – including retired judges – to carry concealed handguns anywhere in the state. Current law allows judges and justices to carry a concealed handgun without a permit in the discharge ...

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Former clerk candidate faces public reprimand (access required)

A Richmond lawyer has been reprimanded by the Virginia State Bar for dropping the ball on three criminal appeals as he campaigned for circuit court clerk. Melvin L. Todd Jr. lost a 2014 Democratic primary bid to current Richmond Circuit ...

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Not ‘a good debtor’ (access required)

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A woman accused of taking advantage of a naïve companion has been rebuffed in her bid for bankruptcy protection. Galax school teacher Sandra Colston allegedly persuaded the victim to give more than $400,000 for Colston’s business projects. Now represented by ...

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Tidewater lawyers eye judgeships (access required)

Fifteen lawyers have announced plans to seek two general district judgeships in Hampton and Newport News. The Daily Press (subscription) reports the vacancies are the result of the retirement in January of Hampton General District Judge Woodrow Griffin Jr., 70, ...

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Former FDIC attorney sentenced for bank fraud (access required)

A Northern Virginia woman – a former senior attorney at the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. – has been sentenced to a year behind bars for a phony short sale of her home. In a short sale, the proceeds from a ...

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Smith elected ACTL president

Richmond lawyer Michael W. Smith is the 66th president of the American College of Trial Lawyers, an invitation-only society dedicated to improving trial practice and civil justice. Smith is only the fourth Virginia lawyer to hold the position of president. ...

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