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Cop's 'good faith' won't rescue faulty affidavit (access required)

A Hopewell couple’s marijuana convictions must be reversed because a police officer’s “good faith” did not save a search based on an inadequate affidavit, the Virginia Court of Appeals has ruled. The search warrant was no good because the police ...

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Lynchburg judge orders statements produced (access required)

Lynchburg has become the latest jurisdiction to allow access to post-accident statements given to an insurance company. Judge Mosby G. Perrow III has ruled that a plaintiff is entitled to production of witness statements obtained by a carrier’s representative within ...

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Legislative panel studies guardianship changes (access required)

The guardian of an elderly, incapacitated person would be required to file an annual report of the well-being of his or her charge, under proposed revisions to Virginia’s guardianship laws. Proponents of the changes say that the revisions would aid ...

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Bowman pregnancy suit ends with defense win (access required)

The first trial of a pregnancy-discharge claim under the Bowman public policy exception has ended in a defense verdict in Newport News Circuit Court. In Smith v. Cinebar Prods. Co., a bookkeeper for a small film production company alleged she ...

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Grisham's Runaway Jury is not a runaway success (access required)

The premise behind John Grisham’s The Runaway Jury would make any trial lawyer whose living depends on the decision of that unpredictable group quake in his or her boots. But I really shouldn’t tell you the premise behind The Runaway ...

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JLARC: Pay magistrates more, keep duties the same (access required)

By Jean McNair, Associated Press Virginia’s magistrates are looking for a little respect. They are on duty or on call for long hours, including holidays and weekends. They decide whether to send people to jail and whether to allow police ...

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News Analysis: A coda to the JLARC saga (access required)

The face of the Virginia State Bar has changed, according to its outgoing president, Michael W. Smith of Richmond. Last week Smith appeared before the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission on behalf of the VSB to give a brief ...

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News in Brief for July 15, 1996 (access required)

VSB Disciplinary Action The Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board has suspended the law license of Annandale attorney Jay N. Eskovitz for four years. The board’s order stated that it accepted an agreed disposition; Eskovitz pleaded guilty to one federal count ...

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Carrier gets financial info in exam-under-oath (access required)

During an examination under oath of a policyholder whose house burned, an insurance company can seek tax returns and other financial information, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled. The examination-under-oath is a procedure provided for in insurance ...

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Rule changes to reconcile law, equity (access required)

Many procedural differences between law and equity may be on the verge of disappearing from Virginia practice. A preliminary draft of rules changes now being circulated would simplify and reconcile many of the rules of equity in Part Two of ...

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