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Court appoints judges for VW motions (access required)

The Supreme Court of Virginia has named three circuit judges to guide the possible consolidation of Volkswagen “cheating diesel” cases in state courts. Volkswagen’s U.S. subsidiary hopes to transfer current and future state court cases arising from the company’s dirty ...

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Judge apologizes for behavior (access required)

A Richmond-area general district judge reportedly wrote four letters of apology to clerks in the courts he served, saying he was “truly sorry” for “offensive conduct and statements.” Judge Robert B. Beasley Jr. is now sitting in only two of ...

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Bar approves diversity funding (access required)

Leaders of the Virginia State Bar resoundingly approved using bar dues to pay for programs of the VSB Diversity Conference Saturday, rejecting concerns about the appearance of coerced funding of political advocacy. The Feb. 27 recommendation of the VSB Council ...

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Attorney arrested on stolen check charge (access required)

A Winchester lawyer has been arrested for allegedly stealing and depositing three checks from the father of her child. Media reports and court records say Shelly R. Collette was arrested Wednesday for larceny of checks valued at greater than $200. ...

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Charge: Lawyer submitted bogus pay records (access required)

An Augusta County lawyer is accused of profiting from falsified pay records he presented to bolster clients’ claims for lost wages. Franklin C. Coyner of Stuarts Draft was directly indicted in November on a felony charge of grand larceny by ...

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Lawyer avoids discipline after assault conviction (access required)

A Portsmouth lawyer convicted of assault after a deputy sheriff accused him of sexual battery has avoided the threat of Virginia State Bar discipline. The VSB Disciplinary Board dismissed a bar charge against Sterling H. Weaver Jr. on Feb. 19. ...

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Five seek judgeship in Martinsville area (access required)

Five attorneys are hoping to win legislative approval to succeed retired Henry County General District Judge Edwin Gendron Jr. Four of the five have current or past prosecutorial experience, reports the Martinsville Bulletin. A local bar association president told the ...

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