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Lawyer gets reprimand amid backlog of deeds (access required)

A Virginia Beach trusts and estates lawyer has been publicly reprimanded for allowing a poorly supervised staffer to accumulate a two-year stack of 94 unrecorded deeds at his office. The delays in getting the deeds properly recorded affected 46 clients ...

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Wedding in Washington, marriage not valid in Va. (access required)

Marriage License

A Virginia couple that exchanged their vows on the other side of the Potomac River has learned that their marriage is invalid under Virginia law. Although the pair obtained a marriage license in Virginia, they took part in a wedding ...

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Patient’s shooting at hospital brings odd lawsuits (access required)

Emergency ER Hospital FEA

The 2016 shooting of a psychiatric patient by a Lynchburg hospital security guard has produced two lawsuits based on unusual claims, neither one targeting the guard who actually fired the shots. One lawsuit – filed Oct. 13 – complains that ...

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Defense contractor guilty of fraud for defective armored vehicles (access required)

After a two week trial, a Danville federal jury this month convicted a former defense contractor of knowingly selling the military armored vehicles that lacked the required armor. William R. Whyte, 72, of Canada is scheduled to be sentenced Feb. ...

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Blood test ruling supports mother’s manslaughter conviction (access required)

In a decision welcomed by Virginia prosecutors, a panel of the state Court of Appeals has affirmed the DUI manslaughter conviction of a mother who caused a 2014 accident that killed her six-year-old son. The court said exigent circumstances allowed ...

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Jones – veteran Eastern shore prosecutor – to resign (access required)

Northampton County Commonwealth’s Attorney Bruce Jones says he will resign at the end of the year after 26 years in office. Jones submitted his resignation in an Oct. 12 letter to Northampton County supervisors chair Spencer Murray, according to the Eastern ...

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Lawyers could be asked for views on court reporters (access required)

The Virginia State Bar will be asked to take the measure of lawyers’ satisfaction with their court reporters. As a prelude to a possible study of court reporter regulation in Virginia, the Boyd-Graves Conference is recommending a review of lawyers’ ...

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Morrissey case leads to reprimand for family law attorney (access required)

The Virginia State Bar investigation into an alleged cover-up effort by lawyer and former politician Joe Morrissey has led to a public reprimand against a Richmond-area family law practitioner. Sherri Ann Thaxton of Henrico was found to have violated rules ...

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Four get top VSB ratings for federal judgeship (access required)

Four candidates – two lawyers and two federal judges – have received high marks from the Virginia State Bar in their applications for an Alexandria federal judgeship. The VSB and other statewide bar associations ranked as many as 15 candidates ...

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