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Try more kids as adults, governor's panel proposes (access required)

Virginia lawyers may soon see a sea change in how juvenile offenders are tried: The focus would shift from rehabilitation to punishment under a recommendation from a panel studying juvenile justice. The Governor’s Commission on Juvenile Justice Reform is recommending ...

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Four groups study juveniles (access required)

Several groups in Virginia state government are studying Virginia’s juvenile justice system this year. A scorecard follows. Mission: This group was appointed by Gov. George F. Allen to look at ways to prepare the system for an expected jump in ...

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Scenes from the VADA meeting in Richmond (access required)

The Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys has been faring well at recruitment, according to officers. There are now 725 members of the VADA. Some 154 of them registered to attend this year’s gathering Oct. 5-7 at the Omni in Richmond…. ...

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Review of stock interrogatories pays dividends for trial lawyers (access required)

Consider this scenario. After interviewing a client, a plaintiff’s lawyer drafts a motion for judgment, then pulls out her dog-eared stock interrogatories and tacks on a set to the pleading. The whole package is filed with the court, the defendant ...

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Lawyers' former foe not biased as arbitrator (access required)

An arbitrator who was an adversary to a party’s counsel was not biased toward that party, a Washington, D.C., appeals court has confirmed. In an unusual twist, the opposing party’s counsel claimed on appeal that an arbitrator exhibited “evident partiality” ...

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News in Brief for 10/16/95 (access required)

Virginia Supreme Court to take habeas petitions in death cases The Supreme Court has issued rules setting out a 60-day deadline for a death-row inmate to file a habeas corpus petition. A habeas petition would have to be filed within ...

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'Strict liability' for harassment reversed (access required)

An employer should not be held liable for sexual harassment for the “isolated but offensive” conduct of a worker, so long as it takes prompt corrective action, the en banc 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled. The 4th ...

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OSHA regs can show duty of care (access required)

A power company can use OSHA regulations to show the duty of care a worker on a crane should exercise for his own safety, a Norfolk Circuit judge has ruled in a case of apparent first impression. But the power ...

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Represent child as you would adult, judge says (access required)

An attorney representing a child in a criminal case needs to remember to act as an advocate, not a guardian, according to Richmond Juvenile & Domestic Relations Judge Kimberly B. O’Donnell. The lawyer’s job is not to look out for ...

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Lawyer's estate gets double fees (access required)

For six years, a Southwest Virginia bankruptcy attorney was in and out of courtrooms on behalf of his client, a destitute coal miner. The lawyer continually urged the court to keep the case on its docket while the coal miner ...

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