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Lawyer facing bar charges for ‘greedy’ estate fee (access required)

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An Alexandria attorney accused of allegedly paying himself more than $1 million for handling the nearly $9 million estate of a woman who died in 2011 is facing bar charges of dishonesty and deliberate wrongdoing. A Fairfax County judge in ...

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Student, suspended for Facebook posts, settles suit (access required)

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Colleges have become frequent litigation targets for students who disagree with disciplinary penalties, but a recent, short-lived lawsuit against Virginia Tech focused – not on personal injury – but on social media behavior. A student claimed Virginia Tech officials violated ...

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More legal clinics planned for veterans

A series of legal clinics for veterans continues in Virginia, some associated with government agencies and at least one sponsored by a law firm. Attorney General Mark R. Herring has held a number of such clinics in conjunction with the Virginia State ...

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Legal aid office facing shortfall

A tight budget became even tighter this year for a Roanoke legal aid office. The Roanoke office of Blue Ridge Legal Services has been told that funding from the local United Way will be cut by about $29,000. The cut ...

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VSB rejects lawyer discipline despite Indiana suspension (access required)

Even though the Indiana Supreme Court suspended a Virginia-licensed lawyer for six months for “frivolous” pleadings, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board declined to impose an equivalent penalty. The Virginia panel said the lawyer showed by clear and convincing evidence ...

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Five equal pieces (access required)

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A three-year family fight over owner­ship of a matri­arch’s home in the Rich­mond suburbs may be starting over now that the Supreme Court of Virginia has ordered a new trial. The court reversed a Henrico County judge’s decision to ex­clude ...

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Supreme Court rejects bid for court records database (access required)

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The Supreme Court of Virginia has embraced an interpretation of state open records law that blocks pub­lic access to the court’s own col­lection of local case information. The court ruled June 29 that it cannot be considered a “custodian” of ...

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Officer, prosecutor immune in false arrest appeal (access required)

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A police officer and a prosecutor who failed to revoke arrest warrants after learning that no crime was committed – leading to the arrests of an Alexandria couple – are immune from civil rights claims, a federal appeals court has ...

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