Wired magazine published a piece last fall on the debate over the systematic vaccination of children. In the article, a leading physician said of a critic: “She lies.” That statement, part of a lengthy examination of an emotionally charged topic, ...Read More »
A $1-million defamation suit against a leading advocate of child vaccination was dismissed yesterday by Alexandria U.S. District Judge Claude M. Hilton who ruled the physician’s statement “she lies,” in reference to an anti-vaccination advocate, was not actionable. The lawsuit ...
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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 ...Read More »
Adoption of a first-time set of local rules in federal courts of the Western District will mean elimination of a long-standing strict order barring lawyers from disclosing details of criminal cases. The 1983 standing order prohibits disclosure of information about ...
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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 »
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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