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Bar drops proposal for new duty for prosecutors (access required)

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A Virginia State Bar committee has backed away from a proposed ethical duty for prosecutors not to present defendants with a “needle-in-a-haystack” search for exculpatory evidence. The VSB Standing Committee on Legal Ethics withdrew proposed Legal Ethics Opinion 1888 in ...

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Lawyer who snitched on his client gets reprimand (access required)

A lawyer who represented another lawyer facing a drug investigation, and who then gave authorities damaging information about the client lawyer, has agreed to accept a public reprimand from the Virginia State Bar. The accusation against attorney Anthony E. Collins ...

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Court records bill filed on first prefiling day (access required)

A bill to make comprehensive Virginia circuit court data open to public search was among the first pieces of legislation introduced for the 2018 General Assembly session. House Bill 4 would require the case management system run by the Supreme ...

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Lawyer kept client money in desk drawer (access required)

A lawyer’s locked desk drawer served as his “trust account” for several years, according to a Virginia State Bar disciplinary determination. The lawyer – George H. Edwards of Chesterfield – last month accepted a public reprimand with terms for violations ...

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Pot license suspension reform now in effect (access required)

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Ending weeks of confusion among judges about whether they had the option to allow many marijuana-possession defendants to avoid driver’s license suspensions, Virginia officials have announced that a 2017 legislative reform package is now in effect. Legislators sought to eliminate ...

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Branscom among early judicial interviews (access required)

Botetourt County Commonwealth’s Attorney Joel R. Branscom may have a smooth path to a circuit court judgeship. He is only non-incumbent judge on a list of candidates up for interviews before the General Assembly courts committees on Dec. 8. The ...

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VSB revokes lawyer convicted in Medicaid fraud case (access required)

A Virginia-licensed lawyer who served as corporate counsel for a Florida health care company agreed to give up his law license after his guilty plea in a Medicaid fraud investigation. Thaddeus M.S. Bereday admitted to making a false statement to ...

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