Hoping to avoid prison reprisals, convicted DC sniper Lee Boyd Malvo asked a Wise County judge to legally change his name. The judge refused Friday, saying a circuit court name-change order would be futile. Malvo, along with his mentor John ...Read More »
A legal ethics opinion declaring it unethical for plaintiffs’ lawyers to indemnify insurance companies against unforeseen liens has been approved by the Virginia State Bar’s Standing Committee on Legal Ethics. LEO 1858 holds it improper for the insurance company lawyer ...
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A public school system may suspend a student for posting ugly accusations about another student on a MySpace page, even though the activity was outside of school, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has decided. The decision addresses an ...Read More »
A doctor accused of malpractice scored a rare defense win in April when the Supreme Court of Virginia affirmed a trial verdict in his favor. For the past few years, the high court has not been so friendly toward medical ...Read More »
HOT SPRINGS–Lawyers and judges lament the decline in the number of jury trials, but find little common ground on what to do about the trend – or whether anything needs to be done at all. “If you lose the jury ...Read More »
A prosecutor can use a criminal defendant’s former lawyer to authenticate previous incriminating court testimony when witnesses become forgetful, the Virginia Court of Appeals has ruled. It’s a common affliction for witnesses in tough neighborhoods. Even though they may have ...Read More »
One of the advantages of a practice near the shore is the opportunity to turn an early morning workout into a surfin’ safari. Some lawyers from Ocean City, Md., skip the golf course and head for the breakers for companionship ...Read More »