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State agency dropped from Deeds lawsuit (access required)

State Sen. Creigh Deeds has dropped a state agency from his lawsuit over the suicide of his son. Deeds moved to nonsuit his claim against the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services. Circuit Judge Paul Sheridan granted the nonsuit ...

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Ex-prosecutor sued over kidnap case (access required)

Former Albemarle County Commonwealth’s Attorney Denise Y. Lunsford is accused of prosecutorial misconduct in a civil rights lawsuit arising from an ill-fated kidnap prosecution. A man who spent more than two years in jail before a judge vacated his conviction ...

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Two docs blame each other, jury awards $7M (access required)

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After hearing two doctors blame each other for a patient’s death, a Fairfax County jury delivered a $7 million verdict for the patient’s family July 19. The jury tacked on interest from the 2013 date of surgery, making the verdict ...

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Judge asked to intervene in state IT dispute (access required)

Litigation is heating up over the demise of a massive state computer services contract in Virginia. State lawyers are asking a judge to order a vendor to remove barriers to the state retaking control of some of its information technology. ...

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Judge facing ethics charge now accused of contempt (access required)

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A Virginia judge fighting ethics charges for advocating on behalf of his wife is now accused of contempt of court for actions he took to advocate on his own behalf. Just ten days after the state’s Judicial Inquiry and Review ...

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Under the microscope (access required)

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A Richmond fed­eral judge has unsealed specif­ics of legal mal­practice claims leveled against Richmond-based law firm of LeClairRyan PC in connection with the federal prosecution and bankruptcy of Health Di­agnostic Laboratory Inc. Approving LeClairRyan’s $20.375 million settlement of those claims, ...

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Fischel surrenders law license (access required)

Warrenton attorney Jud Fischel, who pleaded no contest in January to two charges of sexual battery involving clients, has agreed to give up his law license. Fischel already had agreed to suspension of his law license on the basis of ...

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Senators back two for U.S. attorney post (access required)

Virginia’s two U.S. senators have recommended two Roanoke lawyers for the vacant position of U.S. attorney for the Western District of Virginia. In a July 21 letter to President Trump, Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine urge appointment of ...

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Court: Judges can advocate on courthouse issues (access required)

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Two judges who vigorously advocated against a courthouse relocation referendum did not commit judicial misconduct, the Supreme Court of Virginia has ruled. The unanimous court dismissed judicial ethics charges against Senior Court of Appeals Judge Rudolph Bumgardner III and retired ...

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Judicial ethics panel seeks sanctions for Bristol judge (access required)

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The state commission that enforces judicial ethics has recommended the Supreme Court of Virginia remove or censure Bristol Juvenile and Domestic Relations Judge Kurt J. Pomrenke. The ethics complaint filed in the Supreme Court July 10 stems from Pomrenke’s attempts ...

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