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Comments sought on COA fee hike (access required)

The Judicial Council of Virginia is asking for comments on a proposed increase in fees for commissioners of accounts. A decline in the use of probate procedures prompted a council committee to recommend an across-the-board 10-percent boost for commissioners’ fees. ...

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Bar seeks comments on Lee reinstatement bid

The Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board is asking for public comment on a disbarred lawyer’s fitness to return to practice. Catherine A. Lee of Hanover County is asking the Supreme Court of Virginia to restore her law license. It was ...

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Loose talk (access required)

Loose Talk judge conversation - FEA 2

No matter how insightful your views, that judge you just met at a cocktail party really does not want to hear your observations about the big case you’ve been reading about. Your unsolicited wisdom could compel the judge to explain ...

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Va. courts headquarters loses internet access

A wayward truck caused the Supreme Court of Virginia and associated offices in Richmond to lose internet service for a time Friday. The courts’ website was down at midday, but was restored shortly afterwards. The situation may have affected some ...

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Charges dismissed in tainted pill prosecution (access required)

The end of a drug conspiracy charge against Les Burns is now official. On the motion of prosecutors, a federal judge has dismissed the case against the Bedford County man who had been convicted of taking part in illicit distribution ...

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Man charged with soliciting prosecutor’s murder (access required)

A man who pleaded guilty to raping a 15-year-old girl has now been charged with trying to arrange the murders of a prosecutor and three witnesses. Eric Lee Diamond of Radford was indicted July 11 on four charges of solicitation ...

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Prosecutors to drop charge after misconduct ruling (access required)

Stung by a federal judge’s finding of prosecutorial misconduct, government lawyers say they do not plan to put an alleged pill pusher on trial a second time. U.S. District Judge Norman K. Moon of Lynchburg last week ordered a new ...

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