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Lawyer pleads to felony in assistant’s theft

A Lee County attorney has admitted he failed to take proper action after he discovered his legal assistant was stealing money under his control as conservator of an elderly woman. The lawyer, Joseph W. Rasnic of Jonesville, pleaded guilty Friday ...

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Lawyers settle on fees in same-sex marriage case

The state of Virginia will pay nearly $600,000 to lawyers who overturned the state’s ban on same-sex marriage. Lawyers on both sides of the case negotiated agreements for the state to pay a total of $580,000 to attorneys for same-sex ...

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Stamos named special prosecutor in Morrissey case

Arlington County Commonwealth’s Attorney Theo Stamos has been named as special prosecutor in the second round of criminal charges against Del. Joe Morrissey. Morrissey is charged with perjury and with submitting a forged document in court. The charges grow out ...

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Judge blasts lawyers for attempt to seal settlement (access required)

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A federal judge in a medical malpractice wrongful death action berated lawyers for both sides for trying to keep settlement terms under wraps. U.S. District Judge Michael F. Urbanski on Jan. 28 said he was “appalled” to learn that attorneys ...

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Audit finds ‘pattern of errors’ at clerk’s office

A new state audit found mistakes in billing and collecting of fines and costs at the Albemarle County Circuit Court clerk’s office, the latest in a string of critical reports. The latest audit by the state Auditor of Public Accounts ...

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Excessive force case settles for $50,000

The city of Chesapeake will pay $50,000 to end a lawsuit by a 70-year-old woman who claimed a police officer threw her to the floor in a confrontation at her home. The woman’s lawyer told The Virginian-Pilot her case was ...

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Eastern Shore lawyer surrenders law license

Attorney Roger K. Grillo of Onancock has agreed to revocation of his law license after five clients complained he took their money for bankruptcy work and never delivered any services. The Virginia State Bar alleged Grillo closed his law practice ...

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The extra mile: Two solos secure $21M for badly injured bicyclist (access required)

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A federal judge has approved a $21 million settlement, with $7 million in attorneys’ fees, for the severely injured victim of a collision between a bread truck and a bicycle. The settlement is “one of the largest personal injury settlements ...

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Judge performs CPR in his courtroom

An Arlington general district judge may have saved a man’s life in his courtroom last week, performing CPR after the victim suffered a heart attack. The victim was testifying in a criminal trial on Thursday when he started “gasping for air,” ...

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Legislation would foster specialty court dockets

Legislation at the 2015 General Assembly would provide a framework for new problem-solving court dockets aimed at providing services for criminal defendants, including veterans, struggling with substance abuse and mental health issues. Supporters say court diversion programs aimed at veterans, ...

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