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York prosecutor: VSB is making me scapegoat   (access required)

The prosecutor accused of misconduct by the Virginia State Bar in a death penalty case denies the ethics charges and says she is being made a scapegoat for complaints about prosecutor discipline. York County Commonwealth’s Attorney Eileen M. Addison denied ...

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McGuire ex-partner pleads to securities fraud

A former McGuireWoods partner has admitted violating securities laws by trading unregistered shares of client companies. If that sounds more like a New York City crime than an item on a Virginia docket, it is. The defendant is Louis Zehill, ...

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Judges approve online sales of court recordings

Audio recordings of federal court hearings may soon be available from a court near you, but you can forget about that eight-cent price tag used in a recent pilot project. Downloading a digital audio file from a court session will ...

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The mouth runneth over…  (access required)

Police are skilled at getting defendants to talk, even when the accused know they should just button up. Sometimes, however, the officers don’t have to lift a finger to gather the damning evidence. The Virginia Court of Appeals today confronts ...

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Va. whistleblower action is basis of Depakote probe

When Judge Wilson ordered Abbott Laboratories to turn over selected e-mails to federal investigators looking into alleged off-label marketing of Depakote, we had to wonder – why was this high-level pharmaceutical drama playing out in Abingdon, Va.? Abbott is based ...

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These court rules are on phone tools

A West Virginia lawyer with a background in computer programming has put the rules he needs for court at this fingertips with four iPhone applications. Robert Bailey of Charleston authored apps for the United States federal rules of procedure, the ...

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Standing ‘gag order’ dropped from final WD local rules (access required)

The federal judges of the Western District of Virginia this month dropped a long-standing gag rule in adopting a set of local rules for the first time. The change brings new freedom for criminal lawyers who were previously barred from ...

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