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Clemens to advance to seat in 23rd Circuit (access required)

General District Judge J. Christopher Clemens is likely to move up to the Roanoke Valley circuit bench this year as legislators resolved a split between two bar groups. The two bar associations in the Roanoke Valley endorsed two different candidates ...

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Lawyers challenge implied consent law (access required)

Two Northern Virginia attorneys are collaborating on a challenge to the law that requires drivers to provide a breath alcohol test upon arrest for DUI. The government “cannot punish a person or rescind a governmentally-bestowed privilege as a consequence for ...

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Supreme Court seat still in doubt (access required)

General Assembly leaders first scheduled, then cancelled, interviews with Court of Appeals Judge Rossie D. Alston Jr. as the 2016 General Assembly moved into its first full week of activity. The interviews were intended as the first step in the ...

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Supreme Court seat again in doubt (access required)

Another maverick Republican senator is threatening to unravel the party’s plan to put Virginia Court of Appeals Judge Rossie D. Alston Jr. on the state Supreme Court. State Sen. Glen H. Sturtevant Jr. – who succeeded Sen. John C. Watkins ...

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New Wise prosecutor cuts private work (access required)

Newly elected Wise County Commonwealth’s Attorney Chuck Slemp is doing away with private prosecutor work for some of the municipal cases in the county and the city of Norton. Previously, local ordinance cases and misdemeanors were handled by private attorneys ...

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Court tightens use of sealed documents (access required)

Eastern District federal judges have revised their rules to raise the bar for filing of documents under seal. Under a new version of Local Civil Rule 5, the judges of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia ...

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