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Chief justice’s son pleads guilty in home invasion

Leroy R. Hassell Jr., son of the chief justice of the Supreme Court of Virginia, pleaded guilty to robbery and two other charges Thursday, apparently with no deal on sentencing, reports the Richmond Times-Dispatch. A life sentence is possible, according ...

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C’ville jury gives $10.5M in wrongful death case (access required)

A Charlottesville jury has awarded more than $10.5 million to family members of a woman fatally injured when a concrete mixer truck fell on her car in 2007. The award ranks among the largest in Virginia arising from a death ...

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Facebook ‘sideshow’ no distraction, lawyer says (access required)

The fight over a wrongful death plaintiff’s Facebook page led to an ugly discovery dispute, with sanctions for the plaintiff’s lawyer for accusing opposing counsel of “hacking” and a spoliation claim for the plaintiff’s deletion of photos from his Facebook ...

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Court halts local government hearings (access required)

Acting with uncommon speed, the Supreme Court of Virginia this month ordered a halt to two planned local government hearings in Prince William County. The unusual order, staying appeals to the county board of zoning appeals and board of supervisors, ...

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Lawyer gets ‘landmark’ win for Social Security claimant (access required)

Social Security disability cases often are fraught with denials and delays, but a recent decision in favor of a 52-year-old former nursing assistant traveled an exceptionally tangled path. Janice Traynham’s claim for benefits was considered in four hearings before administrative ...

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Supreme Court scorecard (access required)

Baseball may be the classic game of statistics, but blogging lawyer Jay O’Keeffe suggests stats about appellate law can be a pastime of equal interest for attorneys. O’Keeffe has started keeping score on decisions of the Supreme Court of Virginia. ...

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Judge: ‘Twiqbal’ doesn’t apply to affirmative defenses (access required)

Breaking with other Virginia federal judges, Roanoke U.S. District Judge Samuel G. Wilson has ruled the stricter “plausibility” standard used to judge civil complaints does not apply to affirmative defenses. The heightened civil pleading standard derives from two U.S. Supreme ...

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