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Author Archives: Robert Smithmidford

VSB dues won't drop this year (access required)

Virginia lawyers will have to wait a little longer for lower bar dues. The General Assembly apparently will not impose a dues cut on the Virginia State Bar this year. The Joint Legislative Audit & Review Commission recommended several legislative ...

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Alexandria GALs given duty to follow up on kids (access required)

Lawyers appointed as guardians ad litem in Alexandria should plan on working longer hours on their cases. Under new procedures, guardians ad litem in child-abuse cases will be expected to follow their child-clients as they go through the social-service system ...

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Suspension law invalid against girl (access required)

A high-school girl charged with drunken driving has successfully challenged Virginia’s seven-day license suspension statute. A Henrico Juvenile & Domestic Relations judge earlier this month declared the law unconstitutional when applied to juveniles. The flaw is jurisdictional, according to the ...

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Selective prosecution defense bats .500 (access required)

Criminal-defense attorneys have begun trying a new argument, selective prosecution, as a potential defense in drug cases in the Eastern District. In the cases, defense attorneys claim that prosecutors are seeking indictments against blacks while not pursuing white suspects who ...

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Wage garnishment not barred by Chapter 13 (access required)

A department store can garnish the earnings of a debtor to satisfy a judgment for a VCR and a ring she bought after she filed a Chapter 13 petition, a Norfolk bankruptcy judge has ruled. Although creditors cannot touch money ...

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Blacks charge selective prosecution in drug ring (access required)

NORFOLK–Two defendants charged in a crack distribution ring have asked that charges be dismissed because authorities selectively prosecuted blacks in the alleged conspiracy, while leaving whites unindicted. The widely followed case may be decided by a showdown between the judge ...

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Hanover judge's reelection bid goes public (access required)

In an unusual move, legislators next month will call an open hearing on the reelection of Hanover Juvenile & Domestic Relations Judge Nina K. Peace. The forum will follow closed-door questioning by lawmakers earlier this month. Peace is one of ...

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Old computers net Fairfax tax refund (access required)

A consulting firm has won a half-million dollar tax refund because Fairfax County charged it too much business property tax for its computers. According to a Fairfax Circuit judge, the county’s tax-assessment scheme did not adequately consider what even novice ...

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Cut lawyers' dues, JLARC report urges (access required)

The Virginia State Bar may need to lower lawyers’ dues, according to a report released last week by the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission. The dues reduction would help pare down a huge reserve that the VSB has built ...

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DUI, Lockhart fall-out head year's top news stories (access required)

The old saw about laws being like sausage–you don’t really want to see either of them being made–seemed particularly appropriate in 1995. The twist this year was that lawyers tried their best to grind up two new laws after the ...

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