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VSB disciplinary action (access required)

Robert W. O’Brien, a Fairfax attorney who pled guilty to stuffing a bar endorsement ballot box, has had his law license suspended by the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board, effective Jan. 9, 1997. O’Brien pled guilty to two forgery charges ...

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Salem's Clemens retires (access required)

Salem Circuit Judge G.O. Clemens retired Jan. 1 after 17 years as a General District and Circuit Court judge. His retirement, though, is not likely to end his career as a jurist. Clemens said he hopes to serve as a ...

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Viar gets endorsement for J&DR seat (access required)

Christiansburg lawyer Robert C. Viar Jr. has received the endorsement of the Montgomery-Floyd-Radford Bar Association for a seat on the local Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court. Viar has had experience representing social service agencies, and he has served as ...

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Delegates dope and dirty words (access required)

Legislators have floated bills that would end the right of doctors to prescribe heroin and marijuana and would punish certain uses of the Internet to send obscene or profane language. Del. Clifton A. Woodrum, D-Roanoke, has proposed legislation that would ...

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House kills increase in insurance minimums (access required)

Last Monday, the House killed a bill that would have increased automobile liability insurance minimums for personal injury. Under Va. Code § 46.2-472, a vehicle owner’s policy must provide at least $25,000/$50,000 coverage — $25,000 for injury to one person ...

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Bill seeks to change "accrual" date (access required)

The Senate has referred a bill to its Courts of Justice Committee which would change a right of action’s “accrual” date for purposes of applying statutes of limitations in tort actions. Senate Bill 686 would amend the general accrual statute, ...

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Bill drafters stay busy (access required)

Legislators filed nearly 300 more bill-drafting requests this year than in the last short session two years ago, but fell well short of the record set in 1993. By last Monday’s 5 p.m. drafting deadline, lawmakers had asked the Division ...

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