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Va. Supreme Court drops schedule for opinion release

The Supreme Court of Virginia now will release opinions when they are ready, without waiting for the court’s official sessions, according to an announcement on the court’s website. The court will no longer hold opinions for release during a session ...

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Charges tossed amid claims of prosecutor misconduct (access required)

After defense lawyers argued prosecutors unfairly influenced a grand jury, a Fauquier County judge dismissed seven felony charges against a former attorney accused of misappropriating client money. Prosecutors then withdrew two felony charges of making false statements on tax returns. ...

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Morrissey fighting revival of criminal charges

Even as he steps away from a campaign for the state Senate, former Del. Joseph Morrissey is busy opposing the state’s effort to reinstate felony charges for a maneuver during a plea hearing that prosecutors say smacked of “gamesmanship.” A ...

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VSB regulates non-Virginia lawyers (access required)

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When they practice in the commonwealth, whether in specialized federal courts or in a government agency, non-Virginia lawyers are subject to oversight by the Virginia State Bar. The bar recently charged one lawyer who allegedly offered conflicting reports about her ...

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GOP sees no deal for Roush

With only days remaining on her temporary appointment as a Virginia Supreme Court justice, the political winds show little signs of change for Jane Marum Roush. While Gov. Terry McAuliffe stands firm on his plan to reappoint her – despite ...

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Jury deadlocks in 4th trial of Danville discrimination case

After two-and-a-half weeks of trial, and three prior trials over four years, the effort to resolve a contractor’s discrimination claims has again ended in frustration in Danville federal court. A hung jury resulted in a mistrial Wednesday for the case ...

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Ex-lawyer who hid fees from law firm sentenced to 4 months

A former Southwest Virginia attorney who once helped administer a fund for victims of dishonest lawyers has been sentenced to four months in prison for pocketing advance fees from bankruptcy clients. Federal authorities say Tony M. Hutchinson of Bristol stole ...

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