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Judge vacates capital murder conviction

A Polaroid photograph that sat unnoticed for nearly 18 years in a Newport News police file may free a man serving a life sentence for murder. U.S. District Judge James R. Spencer vacated the capital murder conviction of David W. ...

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Ex-prosecutor acquitted in public records case

A judge threw out a charge of fraudulent destruction of public records against former Lancaster County Commonwealth’s Attorney C. Jeffers Schmidt Jr. this month. General District Judge Robert Pustilnik granted Schmidt’s motion to strike the misdemeanor charge, ruling the prosecution ...

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Lawyer ads go mobile

Attorneys who cringe at bombastic lawyer television advertisements with video mayhem in the background – brace yourselves. The latest trend in lawyer self-promotion may signal another retreat for the dignity of the profession. Keep your eye peeled for lawyers’ rolling ...

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A case of misjudgment

Not to be outdone by the humorous recollections of colleague Clifford Weckstein, Roanoke Circuit Judge Jonathan Apgar worked in a good story in a recent interview for the Roanoke Bar Review. As related by Michael P. Gardner, Apgar began serving ...

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Judge has them laughing in Roanoke

He announced he would deliver a lecture on the Rule in Shelley’s Case, but the remarks from Chief Circuit Judge Clifford R. Weckstein rarely touched on points of law as he reminisced with the Roanoke Bar Association this week about ...

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