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Three recommended for expected GD judgeship (access required)

The Roanoke Bar Association has endorsed two attorneys for an impending vacancy on the Roanoke Valley general district bench. The RBA voted Feb. 9 to recommend Daniel P. Frankl and B. Grimes Creasy for the opening expected to be created ...

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Judge approves $1.5M in fees in prisoner health case (access required)

The state has agreed to pay $1.5 million to lawyers who sued to force improvements in medical care for women prisoners. The federal lawsuit led to reforms including performance monitoring by an outside expert on prison medical care. The suit ...

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University settles ‘false rape’ lawsuit (access required)

Washington & Lee University has settled with a male former student who claimed he was railroaded by the school’s disciplinary process and expelled after a female student falsely accused him of rape. The terms of the settlement were said to ...

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Proposal would cap state contingency fees (access required)

State Sen. Mark Obenshain, R-Harrisonburg, is leading an effort to limit contingency fees that private lawyers recover when they sue in the name of the state. The state Senate last month approved the measure that also would require public disclosure ...

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State Fair lawsuit is settled (access required)

A lawsuit that accused the Richmond-based law firm of Williams Mullen of abandoning one client while helping another win ownership of the Virginia State Fair has been settled. The terms of the deal were not disclosed by the parties. The ...

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Lawyer banned from bankruptcy court is revoked (access required)

Four months after being permanently banned from bankruptcy court, a Richmond lawyer has had his law license revoked by judges of the Richmond Circuit Court. A three-judge panel disbarred attorney Kenneth W. Paciocco on Jan. 21 after hearing evidence on ...

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State judge will not have to testify in federal trial (access required)


An Abingdon federal judge has denied a prosecution bid to force a sitting Virginia judge to testify against his wife in a federal corruption trial. The decision means Bristol Juvenile and Domestic Relations Judge Kurt J. Pomrenke will not have ...

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Feds: Judge shared in wife’s job perks (access required)

Federal prosecutors say they want to call Bristol Juvenile and Domestic Relations Judge Kurt J. Pomrenke to testify about untaxed benefits his wife allegedly received as an official with the Bristol Virginia Utilities Authority. The judge shared in some of ...

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