Getting a court to defer judgment may be the best a lawyer can do for a particular criminal client. But in some kinds of cases, that option has been in limbo for the last few years. Lawyers are watching closely ...Read More »
Augusta, we have a problem. A group of budding rocket scientists has been grounded after losing a land use battle with neighbors and local government officials over a launch site in Augusta County. Last month a court-appointed commissioner turned thumbs ...
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The U.S. Senate has confirmed North Carolina Superior Court Judge Albert Diaz for a seat on the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, reports The Charlotte Observer. Diaz becomes the third North Carolinian on the court, and the first Hispanic ...
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Alleged mishandling of a personal injury claim has brought a three-year suspension for Richmond-area lawyer Sara Davis Harman, reports the Richmond Times-Dispatch. The paper reports Harman also is being sued for malpractice over her handling of the injury claim. According ...Read More »
Voyeuristic police officers who passed around revealing photographs discovered on a defendant’s cellphone are not subject to a civil rights suit by the defendant’s girlfriend, pictured in the photos. The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Wednesday rejected the appeal ...Read More »
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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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 ...Read More »
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 ...Read More »
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, ...Read More »
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 ...Read More »