The Supreme Court of Virginia has upheld Virginia State Bar discipline against a lawyer for filing a “frivolous” lawsuit. Use of the VSB disciplinary rules to punish a lawyer for frivolous pleadings is uncommon; more often, an attorney will be ...Read More »
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The Virginia State Bar is pursuing ethics charges against a prosecutor and her former assistant who are accused of coaching a witness in a 1997 death penalty case. The decision to refer the matter to VSB’s disciplinary board could quiet ...Read More »
Virginia officials are forming a state task force to advise the federal government what to do about defective Chinese drywall that has sickened residents and ruined homes in the Tidewater area. The announcement comes today from Virginia Secretary of Commerce ...
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As debate rages over how and where to try accused terror mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, a Virginia federal judge with terror trial experience will address the management of high visibility cases this month at Washington & Lee University. U.S. District ...Read More »
Sen. John Edwards, D-Roanoke, took to the Senate floor today to warn about that proposal to freeze judicial appointments in order to balance the budget. “This short-sighted part of the House budget could do serious damage to the judicial system ...Read More »
Advocates of a government program that provides an alternative to jail for accused nonviolent criminals awaiting trial are fighting Virginia legislation that would limit the program. The battle centers on whether the pretrial services program saves the state money by ...
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To hear Roanoke-area circuit judges talking, the state’s moribund judicial performance evaluation program deserves another chance. As we reported in December, some key legislators have indicated they would welcome revival of the JPE project, where anonymous comments about judges were ...Read More »
When disputes arise at depositions, as they often do, lawyers will threaten to get the judge on the line to decide who’s right and who’s wrong. A discussion at last week’s bench-bar conference in Roanoke made one thing clear – ...Read More »
Virginia public school officials score a win at the Supreme Court of Virginia today with a decision that the state’s insurance plan for school systems must cover school districts for lawsuits under the federal special education law. The ruling means ...Read More »