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Law firm pioneers use of Bitcoin

A Roanoke law firm has become the first in the region to accept the digital currency Bitcoin. The estate planning firm of Anderson Desimone and Green P.C. could be the first in the state to leap into the world of ...

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Lawyer must file client’s appeal under proposed LEO

A court-appointed lawyer has a duty to file an appeal at the client’s request, even if the client pleaded guilty and the lawyer thinks the appeal would be frivolous, according to a proposed legal ethics opinion now up for comment. ...

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Pulley joins Gentry Locke in Lynchburg

Veteran Danville lawyer Glenn W. Pulley has joined Gentry Locke Rakes & Moore as a partner at the firm’s new Lynchburg office . Pulley has practiced for 38 years at Clement and Wheatley in Danville. In 2002, he was inducted ...

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Senate votes to raise felony threshold

A criminal would have to steal at least $500 worth of property or cash to be guilty of a felony under a proposal advancing at the General Assembly. The current felony trigger point is $200. Critics have called for reform ...

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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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