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Court panel recommends new judgeships

A court committee is recommending authorization of two new judgeships in Virginia next year. The proposal from the Committee on District Courts would create new positions on the juvenile and domestic relations bench in Fairfax County and the general district ...

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New U.S. attorneys get final approval

The full U.S. Senate has confirmed the nominations of both Dana J. Boente and John P. Fishwick Jr. as U.S. attorneys in Virginia. Boente becomes the top government lawyer for the Eastern District of Virginia and Fishwick takes charge of ...

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Using drone for crime would be separate offense

The General Assembly will consider making it a separate offense to use a drone to commit a crime. House Bill 89 would make the pilot of an unmanned aircraft system guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor if he used the ...

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Lawyers don Santa hats to help poor

ROANOKE — Roanoke area lawyers turned the season into an opportunity for community service this month with the 10th annual Santa at the Station event. The program enlists attorneys and legal staffers to provide a fun and fulfilling evening for ...

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Staffer hopes to keep judgment against prosecutor (access required)

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A Culpeper County employee who successfully sued the county commonwealth’s attorney for assault and battery could lose his district court victory because he doesn’t have the money to pursue his appeal in circuit court. In the case involving lame-duck Commonwealth’s ...

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$350k verdict for attack on Muslim cabbie

A federal jury has awarded $350,000 to a Muslim cab driver who said he was reviled for his religion and then physically attacked by a drunken Fairfax County businessman during a 2013 cab ride. The cabbie’s lawyer says the verdict ...

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‘My client wants to kill himself’ (access required)


It’s a question many lawyers never think about until it appears without warning. Word comes – perhaps from the person himself – that a client is planning to commit suicide. The lawyer’s case could be a factor. The client well ...

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