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Bar seeks expedited action against Winchester lawyer (access required)

Virginia State Bar prosecutors say a Winchester lawyer who allegedly missed eight court appearances and ignored license suspensions poses an imminent danger to the public. The Bar Counsel’s office has petitioned the VSB Disciplinary Board for an expedited hearing on ...

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Despite jury exoneration, lawyer faces bar charges (access required)


A Roanoke County lawyer accused in connection with an investment fraud avoided personal liability in a federal jury trial but now faces Virginia State Bar ethics charges. The allegations against William Lee Andrews III arise from an apparent $325,000 swindle ...

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Former prosecutor appointed to car attack case (access required)

Former Albemarle County Commonwealth’s Attorney Denise Y. Lunsford has been appointed to represent the man accused of a deadly car attack in Charlottesville Saturday. Lunsford will take the place of Charles L. “Buddy” Weber, the lawyer first appointed for defendant ...

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Improper battery issue prompts third med-mal trial (access required)


Even though the Supreme Court of Virginia unanimously ruled that a $1.3 million medical malpractice verdict was tainted by jury instruc­tions improperly focused on bat­tery and informed consent issues, a five-justice majority gave the pa­tient a third chance at a ...

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Lawsuit targets rally organizers (access required)

Two sisters injured in the car attack Saturday that killed a Charlottesville paralegal have sued the alleged driver of the car as well as organizers of the white nationalist rally that allegedly precipitated the violence. The suit, filed Tuesday in Charlottesville ...

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Weber to defend man accused in Charlottesville death (access required)

A general district judge selected Charlottesville attorney Charles L. “Buddy” Weber Jr. on Monday to represent the Ohio man accused of killing one and injuring 19 others by ramming his car into a crowd after a protest rally on Saturday. ...

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Governor criticizes judge who blocked rally relocation (access required)

Governor Terry McAuliffe said he is “very angry” that a federal judge blocked an effort by Charlottesville officials to relocate a scheduled protest rally that led to violence and death on Saturday. Speaking on National Public Radio Monday morning, the ...

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Politicians on Facebook (access required)


Politicians have taken to Face­book and Twitter to stay in touch with their constituents, but elect­ed officials are hearing they have to play by a different set of social media rules than the rest of us. Instead of deleting comments ...

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Guilty plea withdrawn due to ‘ineffective’ counsel (access required)

Without objection by prosecu­tors, a Roanoke federal judge last month allowed a drug defendant serving nearly 25 years in prison to withdraw his guilty plea based on ineffective assistance of counsel. Demarcus Brown’s lawyer dropped the ball after the govern­ment ...

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