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Prosecutor decries handling of lawyer’s traffic case

Both the judge and the prosecutor had conflicts of interest in their handling of the case of a Williamsburg lawyer charged with a DUI, according to a substitute prosecutor involved in the case. Charles City County Commonwealth’s Attorney Robert Tyler ...

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Judges say ‘mental health dockets’ are just a way to organize caseloads (access required)

Judges in Richmond and Petersburg say they will continue to maintain mental health dockets in general district court, despite a Nov. 16 memo from Virginia Chief Justice Cynthia D. Kinser suggesting some specialized court programs in Virginia may lack General ...

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Jury finds for car-seat maker in high-profile Abingdon case (access required)

An Abingdon federal jury last week rejected claims that a $50 child car seat was defective, closing the door on a $50-million claim for damages for an 8-year-old girl who suffered devastating brain damage in a 2009 auto accident. The ...

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Judge, legal veteran urge pro bono work

Lynchburg General District Judge Ed Burnette once again joined forces with longtime Lynchburg lawyer Frank Morrison at a recent bar gathering to boost the numbers of Lynchburg-area lawyers who contribute their skills for the greater good. Burnette said working at ...

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Jury rejects car seat defect claim in brain injury case

An Abingdon federal jury decided a child car seat was not defective, closing the door on a $50-million claim for damages for an 8-year-old girl who suffered devastating brain damage in a 2009 auto accident. The jury deliberated about six ...

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Trump still in court in effort to buy Kluge home

A bank’s effort to move Donald Trump from the head of line for buyers of the Kluge mansion in Albemarle County remains alive in federal court. U.S. District Judge Norman Moon denied Trump’s motion to dismiss the suit filed by ...

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Med-mal case dismissed, out-of-state lawyer at fault (access required)

Missteps by a Missouri lawyer cost a Virginia medical malpractice plaintiff the chance to prove her claim against a Richmond hospital in a case decided this month by the Supreme Court of Virginia. The court offered no remedy for the ...

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