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Lawyer Sounds Call For Judicial Independence (access required)

Dear Editor: I don’t recall ever writing a “Letter to the Editor” before, but, as an attorney who has been in private practice in Virginia for more than 38 years and as one whose roots in Virginia predate the Civil ...

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Testimony in DUI Case Supplemented (access required)

Dear Editor: I am writing in response to an article entitled “Conflicting Testimony on DUI Practice Nets Acquittal” published in the March 1, 2004 issue of Virginia Lawyers Weekly. I would like to add that in my testimony concerning repeated ...

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Interpretations Are Welcome (access required)

Dear Editor: I recently received the following directive from a client. He instructed me to squash an emotional discovery because the witness had a scrunge on him and because the witness had violated the judge’s no shacking order. My interpretation ...

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Court-Appointed Work Should Count As Pro Bono (access required)

Dear Editor: Virginia’s criminal defense bar by now should know better than to hope for the General Assembly to significantly increase the court-appointed fee schedule (“New Report Faults State’s Indigent Defense,” Feb. 9, 2004). What remains inexplicable is the Virginia ...

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Lawyer lauds judge's commitment to public service (access required)

Dear Editor: With greater attention being focused on the work ethic of General District Court judges, I thought there might be some interest in a recent event in Fairfax. On Friday afternoon, Jan. 23, the clerk’s office failed to notify ...

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Lawyer urges Albo to follow Chief's lead (access required)

Dear Editor: Last month, I and my fellow new admittees to the Virginia State Bar were sworn in before members of the Supreme Court in Richmond. The Chief Justice welcomed us to the legal profession with persuasive admonishments to maintain ...

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Trial by jury is default position under Virginia Code, Constitution (access required)

Dear Editor: I am writing in reference to your recent article, “Judge-Shopping, Or Just Doing Their Job.” I am a former Virginia prosecutor (Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney, City of Alexandria, 2001-2003) and currently a law professor in Texas. The lawyers in ...

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Lawyer Takes Media To Task In Peterson Trial (access required)

Dear Editor: In the early 1960s, seminars, symposiums and serious informal discussions were held between the American Bar Association and representatives of the electronic and print media, on the subject of fair trial-free press. Television was in its infancy. In ...

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Judges shouldn't be immune from criticsm (access required)

Dear Editor: The May 26 edition contained a story on the Virginia Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys (“Criminal defense group blasts judge in Norfolk“) and its criticism of Norfolk Circuit Court Judge Charles D. Griffith Jr. It prompted several observations. ...

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Judges are not precluded from public response (access required)

Dear Editor: Lacking sufficient first-hand information, I take no position on the merits of the dispute between the Virginia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and Judge Charles Griffith Jr., reported in the May 26 issue. There is, however, something to ...

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