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Family of man shot by SWAT cop settles with Fairfax for $2M (access required)

The family of a man killed by a police officer has settled their lawsuit with Fairfax County for $2 million. Scientific evidence cast doubt on a police officer’s story about how he shot and killed Salvatore Culosi, a suspected gambler. ...

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Supreme Court approves deferred judgment (access required)

Resolving a sometimes heated debate between prosecutors and defense lawyers in Virginia, the Supreme Court of Virginia ruled Thursday that courts have the inherent authority to take a criminal case under advisement to consider dismissal instead of conviction, even after ...

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Hospitals want clarity on lawyer access to their ‘incident reports’ (access required)

Two key lawmakers took representatives of Virginia’s hospitals and trial lawyers to the woodshed on the General Assembly’s opening day to try to break a logjam on access to internal hospital documents in medical malpractice litigation. Since the issue had ...

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Bond denied for former prosecutor

A federal judge Monday denied bond for former Winchester Commonwealth’s Attorney Paul H. Thomson based on a charge of witness tampering and a positive drug screen. A DEA affidavit claims Thomson, 56, tried to manipulate statements by his alleged former ...

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Save drug court funding, judges plead

While lawyers and their organizations pressure the General Assembly to find money to fill vacant judgeships, Roanoke judges say they hope the state’s drug courts don’t become a target for Richmond budget cutters. “Every year we have to ask for ...

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Solo suspended after use of “& Associates” in firm name (access required)

A Virginia Beach lawyer whose advertising made his solo practice look like a multi-lawyer firm has had his license suspended by a three-judge panel in Virginia Beach Circuit Court. The advertising issue was just one of the transgressions charged against ...

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Bills would increase GDC claim limits (access required)

Plaintiffs with minor personal injury claims and other civil litigators with small-scale claims may have greater access to Virginia general district courts under a pending legislative proposal. But not everyone thinks that’s a good idea. The plan, contained in two ...

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DUI fee would pay for warnings to drivers

Del. G. Manoli Loupassi wants Virginia drivers to know they will go to jail on a first offense DUI if their blood alcohol level is high enough. To spread the word, Loupassi proposes a $25 special fee for those convicted ...

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McGuireWoods still faces fraud claim in Kansas

Richmond-based law firm McGuireWoods LLP remains the lone defendant in a securities fraud lawsuit in Kansas after its motion to dismiss was rejected by a federal judge last month. The action was filed by the trustee in the bankruptcy case ...

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