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Lawsuit questions Taser use by officer (access required)

A federal lawsuit claims a Fairfax County police officer acted without provocation when he fired a stun gun at the back of a disabled man who had his hands on a police car. The Taser incident – caught on a ...

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Lawyer who misled client is suspended (access required)

A Northern Virginia lawyer who gave a client false information about his work on her case – and then blamed the lapses on a mysterious former office volunteer – has been suspended for 21 months. Christopher D. Parrott of Manassas ...

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Lawsuit helped expose mudslinger, senator says (access required)

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A Virginia politician claims he traced a shady smear campaign to his political rival using a lawsuit and a subpoena for email records. State Sen. Bryce Reeves, R-Fredericksburg, a candidate for lieutenant governor, says he is a victim of emails ...

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Duty to intervene with impaired colleague set (access required)

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The supervising lawyer at a law firm now has a duty to intervene when another lawyer in the firm becomes impaired, under a Legal Ethics Opinion just approved by the Supreme Court of Virginia. Supervising lawyers are duty-bound to protect ...

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Judicial guidance panel gets new member (access required)

A retired circuit court clerk is the newest member of the Judicial Ethics Advisory Committee. The committee – revived last year after a seven-year dormant period – issues advisory opinions on judicial ethics questions posed by judges and others who ...

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Changes approved for reciprocal discipline (access required)

The Supreme Court of Virginia has approved changes in the way lawyers can be disciplined in Virginia based on misconduct findings in other states or other courts. A revamp of reciprocal discipline rules took several tries by Virginia State Bar ...

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Supervising lawyer now has duty to intervene with impaired colleague (access required)

The supervising lawyer at a law firm now has a duty to intervene when another lawyer in the firm becomes impaired, under a Legal Ethics Opinion just approved by the Supreme Court of Virginia. Supervising lawyers are duty-bound to protect ...

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Questions raised about ex-prosecutor’s discipline (access required)

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A former prosecutor’s appearance in a handful of civil cases has triggered questions from defense attorneys about the status of his law license and the larger issue of discipline of Virginia prosecutors. Many defense attorneys contend the Virginia State Bar ...

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Court will hear Severance appeal (access required)

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The man sentenced to life for the slayings of three prominent Alexandria residents over a 12-year period will get a hearing from the Virginia Court of Appeals on his bid to overturn the convictions. The Court of Appeals – on ...

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