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VBA head welcomes House action on judgeships

The president of the Virginia Bar Association says the group welcomes a House of Delegates budget plan that would increase the number of funded state trial court judgeships to 402. VBA president Harry M. “Pete” Johnson III said the voluntary ...

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AG: No roadside cell search for texting evidence

A police officer who stops a suspected texting driver ordinarily cannot snatch a phone to find out if the driver had been texting, according to guidance from Virginia Attorney General Mark R. Herring. The legal interpretation comes in a Feb. ...

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Battle on 2 fronts over death penalty secrets

The Supreme Court of Virginia could decide whether the state prison system has to disclose records related to the death penalty process in the state. While the court agreed to hear arguments in a bid to unseal the workings of ...

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Malveaux joins judicial ethics panel

Henrico County Judge Mary B. Malveaux has been named to Virginia’s Judicial Inquiry and Review Commission as a representative of the general district bench. Malveaux succeeds Bryant L. Sugg of Newport News in that position. Sugg was elevated to the ...

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Senate proposes extra $1M for legal aid offices

Virginia legal aid funding could get a $1 million boost under a Senate budget proposal. A budget amendment patroned by Senate Majority Leader Thomas K. Norment Jr. would add an extra million for the Legal Services Corporation of Virginia in ...

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McDonnell law license hearing postponed

Gov. Bob McDonnell has delayed action on his Virginia law license as he appeals his public corruption conviction. The Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board agreed to a general continuance for a show cause hearing based on McDonnell’s 11 felony convictions ...

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Knife-wielding man storms Chesterfield County law office

A man carrying a box cutter threatened staffers and cut a lawyer on the chin in an encounter Wednesday at a law firm in Midlothian, according to police and media reports. The man was a disgruntled litigant, attorney Samuel Kaufman ...

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