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Supreme Court pushes ‘Hernandez’ envelope (access required)

Supreme Court pushes ‘Hernandez’ envelope <span class="dmcss_key_icon"><img alt="(access required)" src="/files/2013/09/lock1.png" border=0/></span>

In a new decision on a highly charged issue, the Supreme Court of Virginia has taken a broad view of a trial judge’s inherent authority to consider different outcomes for those who plead guilty to criminal charges. The high court ...

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Business records bill advances (access required)

Introducing medical records and other business records in circuit court could get a lot easier with a bill moving through the House of Delegates. House Bill 301 would allow lawyers to use a certificate of authenticity instead of witness testimony ...

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Newspaper wins defamation appeal (access required)

A Norfolk newspaper does not owe damages to a Chesapeake school principal for an article that, according to the principal, insinuated he arranged for his son to get special treatment. The Supreme Court of Virginia affirmed the ruling of a ...

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Judge Margaret Spencer to retire (access required)

Richmond Circuit Judge Margaret P. Spencer will retire at the end of her current term this year after 20 years as a judge. Spencer was named to the general district bench in 1994 and elected as a circuit judge in ...

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