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Candidates announce for commonwealth’s attorney seats

A number of candidates for commonwealth’s attorney positions have made their intentions known this month. In Culpeper County, Paul Walther says he will try again to gain a full term in the seat he held on an interim basis until ...

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Court releases criminal discovery report

A Virginia Supreme Court study panel recommends allowing defense attorneys to routinely examine police reports, including witness interviews, in criminal cases. Discovery of those reports could be limited by withholding, redacting or restricting disclosure of witness statements for good cause, ...

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Justices could reconsider major product liability verdict

The Supreme Court of Virginia may be taking a second look at its decision to overturn a $14.14 million verdict for a Pulaski County man who blamed an alleged air bag defect for his car crash injuries. The court ruled ...

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Assembly elects 42 trial court judges

The General Assembly elected the following as trial court judges on Feb. 25. Unless indicated otherwise, their terms begin July 1. Circuit Court Newport News General District Judge Gary A. Mills to the 7th Circuit Williamsburg attorney Richard H. Rizk ...

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Doctor claims retaliation, sues former partners for $3M (access required)


A Fredericksburg area cardiologist fired from his practice group says his former colleagues shortchanged him for calling out the office’s improper billing practices. Patrick J. Fitzsimmons has filed suit against Cardiology Associates of Fredericksburg for $3 million. Fitzsimmons claimed his ...

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Assembly boosts judgeship funding

Armed with a bit of extra revenue, General Assembly leaders agreed Tuesday on a budget that includes money for 405 funded judgeships at Virginia’s trial courts. An initial budget compromise contained 402 funded judgeships. The extra three bench seats will ...

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Demleitner to step aside as W&L law school dean

After three years in the job, Nora V. Demleitner will step down this summer as dean of the Washington & Lee law school. The announcement came Tuesday, just two weeks after the school announced an austerity plan that would cut ...

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Lawyer has busy day on both sides of 9th Street

One Fairfax litigator had what might be viewed as a banner day in Richmond Monday. Tina L. Snee argued an appeal before the Supreme Court of Virginia in the morning and interviewed with legislators for a general district judgeship in ...

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