Faced with a lawyer’s failure to properly serve the U.S. government – even after clear instructions from the government itself – a federal judge nevertheless allowed the lawyer’s slip-and-fall lawsuit to go forward this month. In a sharply worded opinion, ...Read More »
A Southside circuit judge last month refused to impose capital punishment on an intellectually disabled convicted murderer, despite efforts by state lawyers to establish that the killer was eligible for the death penalty. Judge Joel C. Cunningham sentenced 45-year-old James ...Read More »
A Roanoke County jury this month awarded $100,000 to a one-time office staffer who complained she was sexually assaulted by her chiropractor boss. The jury accepted the ex-employee’s version of events in a courtroom credibility contest with chiropractor Joshua D. ...
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A Virginia-licensed lawyer whose Arizona practice included work in the medical marijuana industry has been suspended for a year in both states amid allegations of conflicts of interest and self-dealing. The charges describe a tangled chain of business activity arising ...Read More »
The Supreme Court of Virginia has added a new rule establishing standards for courts’ collection of fines and costs. The rule comes amid criticism – and a federal lawsuit – focusing on how court financial obligations and driver’s license suspensions ...
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A lawyer ordered to defend his law license after a felony hit-and-run conviction has been suspended for nine months. Wright H. Lewis of Potomac Falls was involved in a 2014 accident involving injury in Fairfax County, according to court records. ...Read More »
A former Tidewater attorney has caused a program funded by Virginia lawyers to pay out more than $183,000 to victims of his alleged dishonesty. Steven Lieberman, who practiced in both Norfolk and Virginia Beach until he accepted disbarment, was convicted ...Read More »
Lawyers who represented Fluvanna County in an ill-fated bid to recoup losses from a high school bond issue have avoided liability in a backlash lawsuit filed by Davenport & Co. LLC. The Richmond investment firm contended it was a victim ...Read More »
Roanoke Valley circuit judges wasted no time naming a replacement for retiring General District Judge Vincent A. Lilley this week. With an eye on possible budget cuts at the General Assembly, the judges appointed Roanoke lawyer Scott R. Geddes to ...Read More »
In a decision that one lawyer says will create two separate classes of Virginia jail employees, a circuit judge has ruled that Virginia’s regional jails and their staff are not entitled to sovereign immunity. The decision appears to be the ...Read More »