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Supreme Court approves deferred judgment (access required)

Resolving a sometimes heated debate between prosecutors and defense lawyers in Virginia, the Supreme Court of Virginia ruled Thursday that courts have the inherent authority to take a criminal case under advisement to consider dismissal instead of conviction, even after ...

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Bond denied for former prosecutor

A federal judge Monday denied bond for former Winchester Commonwealth’s Attorney Paul H. Thomson based on a charge of witness tampering and a positive drug screen. A DEA affidavit claims Thomson, 56, tried to manipulate statements by his alleged former ...

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Save drug court funding, judges plead

While lawyers and their organizations pressure the General Assembly to find money to fill vacant judgeships, Roanoke judges say they hope the state’s drug courts don’t become a target for Richmond budget cutters. “Every year we have to ask for ...

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Bills would increase GDC claim limits (access required)

Plaintiffs with minor personal injury claims and other civil litigators with small-scale claims may have greater access to Virginia general district courts under a pending legislative proposal. But not everyone thinks that’s a good idea. The plan, contained in two ...

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