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Phony check scam bites law firm, bank (access required)

Johnson was suspected of trying to cash a bad check

A bank and a Lexington law firm shared a $269,800 loss in a settle­ment last month after the firm fell victim to a phony business client. One of the lawyers taken by the scam­mers said there were none of the ...

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Bar proposes duty to address impaired lawyers

A Virginia State Bar committee is seeking comment on the duty of law firm leaders to take action when another firm lawyer shows signs of impairment. The VSB Standing Committee on Legal Ethics is proposing a legal ethics opinion calling ...

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Attorney charged with sexual battery (access required)

Longtime Warrenton lawyer Jud A. Fischel has been charged with misdemeanor sexual battery. The town police chief said the charge resulted from allegations by clients of Fischel’s law practice. Fishel, 68, was served with a summons for an Aug. 22 ...

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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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