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Paid by the word?

Attention has focused recently on the once-obscure Office of Legal Counsel at the U.S. Justice Department.  According to the Washington Post, the operation generates advice that “guides some of the government’s most sensitive and controversial policies.” Unfortunately, the good stuff ...

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Poverty advocates are honored

The Virginia Poverty Law Center has launched its new John Kent Shumate Jr. Advocate of the Year awards by recognizing two Virginians who have worked to enhance the rights of the downtrodden. Harrisonburg lawyer Tom Domonoske works primarily on auto ...

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Judge Clark on the road

Fresh from a 50-city book tour, Virginia’s newest legal literary figure laments having to share many of the same thoughts and stories with different audiences day after day.  “I’ve become Shecky Greene doing the Catskills,” joked Patrick County Circuit Judge ...

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Wings Over Northern Virginia (access required)

Attorneys for a restaurant chain specializing in spicy Buffalo wings are searching for assets and demanding nearly $70,000 in attorneys’ fees after eight months of effort to enforce a consent order against an “obstreperous” copycat eatery. The owners of the ...

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Father wasn’t ‘patient’ of OB/GYN (access required)

Doctors won a double victory at the Supreme Court of Virginia in a case where a couple sued two obstetricians over the birth of twin daughters with Down syndrome. In Fruiterman v. Granata (VLW 008-6-101), the high court rejected the ...

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Wild times in Culpeper

The Culpeper County supervisors must have felt like they were chasing their tails trying to make sense of the definitions in the new county animal code.  County Attorney Roy Thorpe was telling the board that they should update the county ...

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