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Boating accident leads to spoliation dispute over screws (access required)


A screw-up over a screw that may have been used in a boat’s gear shift mechanism threatened to complicate a trial over liability for a 2011 boating accident. A Norfolk judge denied defense motions to dismiss a $30-million lawsuit based ...

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Delegates to interview both Roush and Alston (access required)

The General Assembly could vote Thursday on who will fill a seat on the Supreme Court of Virginia for a 12-year term. The proposal for a Thursday vote emerged from the House of Delegates Tuesday. The Senate has yet to ...

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Petition claims Huguely jury used unauthorized dictionary (access required)


The Charlottesville jury that convicted a former University of Virginia student in the death of his ex-girlfriend improperly used a dictionary to look up the definition of a crucial legal term, a new court filing claims. The jury’s alleged use ...

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Snow still affecting some courts

The snow continues to disrupt some court schedules in Virginia. The list of state courts that are closed or opening late Tuesday, Jan. 26, is here. The Alexandria U.S. District courthouse is closed Tuesday. The Alexandria division of the U.S. ...

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Many seek Roanoke Valley judgeship (access required)

A growing field of candidates has asked for the endorsement of Roanoke area attorneys for a general district judgeship expected to be vacated during this General Assembly session. The seat would be open on the Assembly’s expected selection of current ...

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Judge fights federal subpoena in wife’s case (access required)

A Bristol juvenile and domestic relations judge objects to being called as a witness against his wife as she faces trial on federal corruption charges. Kurt J. Pomrenke – a J&DR judge since 2013 – claims a common law privilege ...

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Diversity lacking on the bench? (access required)

Judges Seat

A group of black and Hispanic attorneys has announced an organized effort to increase the number of minority judges on the trial court bench in Northern Virginia. The group, calling itself the Virginia Coalition for Racial Diversity in the Justice ...

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Snowstorm affects Monday court schedules in Virginia

Lingering snow is affecting court schedules throughout Virginia for Monday, Jan. 25. The administrative offices of the Supreme Court of Virginia are closed Monday. A list of other state court closings is posted here. The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of ...

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