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Lawyer who faked hospital records suspended for 2 years

A lawyer who offered a phony explanation for missing a court appearance has agreed to surrender her law license for two years. Tanisha L. Robertson of Virginia Beach told a judge she recently had been hospitalized for asthma to explain ...

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$350,000 paid to settle 2013 jail heat stroke death case

A state self-insurance plan paid $350,000 to resolve claims against Richmond Sheriff C.T. Woody and staff members arising from the 2010 death of a city jail inmate. A federal judge sealed the terms of the 2013 settlement at the request ...

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Norment admitted ‘seeing’ lobbyist, letter shows

In a response to an ethics complaint, state Sen. Thomas K. Norment Jr. disclosed a prior personal relationship with a registered lobbyist, according to The Virginian-Pilot, which obtained a copy of Norment’s 2013 letter. Norment’s letter was in response to ...

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Lawyer sentenced for refusal to pay income taxes

A Tysons Corner lawyer is going to prison for a year for refusing to pay his federal tax bills. William M. Weisberg, 53, was sentenced Wednesday to 12 months and one day in prison followed by three years of supervised ...

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Lawyer suspended after disrupting CLE

A lawyer accused of being intoxicated and disruptive at a Continuing Legal Education program last year has been suspended for six months and ordered to enroll in a two-year treatment and monitoring program. Witnesses accused Reston attorney Wayne R. Hartke ...

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VSB seeks lawyer discipline based on bankruptcy court penalty

While state court rules on reciprocal discipline remain under review by a Virginia State Bar committee, the VSB’s Disciplinary Board is seeking to suspend a lawyer’s license based on a four-month suspension by the regional bankruptcy court. The bar’s action ...

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Justices call pitches, but won’t draw the strike zone (access required)

Supreme Court Thoughts and Musings

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, WEST VIRGINIA – The Supreme Court of Virginia is willing to call balls and strikes, but don’t look for the court to diagram the entire strike zone. While lawyers should not expect the court to lay out ...

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VSB cancels all plans for 2015 Midyear Seminar

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The Virginia State Bar drew withering fire from supporters of Israel as it cancelled a planned legal seminar in Jerusalem last month. While the scheduled Midyear Legal Seminar in November appeared doomed for lack of participants, bar leaders cited concerns ...

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