In a case fraught with separation of powers issues, the Supreme Court of Virginia has refused to block or review a lawsuit challenging the General Assembly’s congressional redistricting plan . In a pair of orders issued Tuesday, the court both ...Read More »
Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli apparently hopes to reassure doubters that a state constitutional amendment to rein in eminent domain powers will not turn into a drain on local taxpayers. A just released official opinion from the AG suggests localities ...Read More »
General district court judges and clerks anticipated a run on their courts after the 2011 General Assembly passed several measures opening up access to their courts. One new law, raising the jurisdictional limit to $25,000, left court personnel expecting a ...
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Federal Magistrate Judge F. Bradford Stillman of Norfolk will retire in September, he says. Stillman, 65, tells The Virginian-Pilot he plans to enjoy his family and his expected first grandchild. Stillman’s legal career was not so placid. As lead attorney ...Read More »
A police officer is talking to a criminal defendant when the defendant offers some information and asks about a plea deal. The officer calls the commonwealth’s attorney’s office and asks if he can talk to the defendant about some horse ...Read More »
A political clash in the state Senate Tuesday delayed otherwise routine Virginia judicial elections at least until Thursday. Democrats and Republicans differed over whether to elect a slate of 49 judges that included two new faces – both former delegates. ...
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Sen. Creigh Deeds, D-Bath Co., has introduced a bill to abolish the Virginia Court of Appeals. Senate Bill 630 would simply do away with Virginia’s 28-year-old intermediate appellate court effective Oct. 1, restoring the Supreme Court’s authority to hear criminal, ...Read More »