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Measure would expand judges’ gun rights (access required)

The General Assembly favors expanding the rights of Virginia judges – including retired judges – to carry concealed handguns anywhere in the state. Current law allows judges and justices to carry a concealed handgun without a permit in the discharge ...

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Former clerk candidate faces public reprimand (access required)

A Richmond lawyer has been reprimanded by the Virginia State Bar for dropping the ball on three criminal appeals as he campaigned for circuit court clerk. Melvin L. Todd Jr. lost a 2014 Democratic primary bid to current Richmond Circuit ...

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Not ‘a good debtor’ (access required)

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A woman accused of taking advantage of a naïve companion has been rebuffed in her bid for bankruptcy protection. Galax school teacher Sandra Colston allegedly persuaded the victim to give more than $400,000 for Colston’s business projects. Now represented by ...

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Tidewater lawyers eye judgeships (access required)

Fifteen lawyers have announced plans to seek two general district judgeships in Hampton and Newport News. The Daily Press (subscription) reports the vacancies are the result of the retirement in January of Hampton General District Judge Woodrow Griffin Jr., 70, ...

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Former FDIC attorney sentenced for bank fraud (access required)

A Northern Virginia woman – a former senior attorney at the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. – has been sentenced to a year behind bars for a phony short sale of her home. In a short sale, the proceeds from a ...

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Smith elected ACTL president

Richmond lawyer Michael W. Smith is the 66th president of the American College of Trial Lawyers, an invitation-only society dedicated to improving trial practice and civil justice. Smith is only the fourth Virginia lawyer to hold the position of president. ...

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Judge rejects action for spoliation of evidence (access required)

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An injured worker blocked from a product defect case cannot sue his employer for losing a propane heater blamed for his injuries, a Henrico County Circuit judge has ruled. Virginia does not recognize an independent claim for spoliation of evidence, ...

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Ex-lawyer charged with taking client money (access required)

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A former Richmond lawyer has been indicted on a felony embezzlement charge for allegedly converting most of a $60,000 settlement to his personal use. The criminal charge against Darryl A. Parker is based on the same allegations that led to ...

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