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House bill would undo Hernandez decision

Legislation at the General Assembly would take away the newfound authority of Virginia courts to defer and dismiss criminal charges in any case, even when the evidence would support conviction. House Bill 2513 introduced by Del. C. Todd Gilbert, R-Woodstock, ...

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Retired Justice George M. Cochran passes away at 98 (access required)

Retired Virginia Supreme Court Justice George Moffett Cochran died Jan. 22 at his home in Staunton. He was 98. A native of Staunton, he attended the University of Virginia, earning his undergraduate degree in 1934 and his law degree two ...

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Infant settlement procedures get an overhaul in Fairfax (access required)

Some Northern Virginia judges and lawyers are taking a fresh look at what had been a routine procedure intended to protect the rights of children when settling their civil claims. In Loudoun and Fairfax Counties, judges have decided that, in ...

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UR Law unveils its short list of dean candidates

Richmond Law Dean John Douglass, soon to return to the professorial life, will be succeeded by someone from this list, according to the school: Wendy Perdue, Professor of Law and Associate Dean at Georgetown University Law Center. Joel Reidenberg, the ...

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Chesterfield lawyer killed in police standoff

A domestic violence call that turned into an overnight standoff with police ended Friday morning with the death of Chesterfield lawyer Richard C. “Rick” Ferris II. Officers were called just before midnight for a report of a domestic dispute, according ...

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