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Federal judges consider uniform pre-trial order (access required)

Lawyers who practice in federal court in Richmond may soon go from facing four different pre-trial schedules to one. Currently, each judge has his own pre-trial schedule that sets out the timetable for bringing cases to trial on the so-called ...

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Keep voir dire away from lawyers, judges say (access required)

Local rules in Richmond and in the Eastern District were not the only fodder for discussion at the bench-bar conference in Richmond last month. The attorneys and judges also reviewed proposals being considered by the Judicial Conference to change the ...

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Yes, Virginia, sentencing guidelines are voluntary (access required)

Virginia circuit judges are not looking over their shoulders at the General Assembly when sentencing criminal defendants, according to several judges in the metropolitan Richmond area. The judges met with criminal-defense lawyers in Richmond on Sept. 21 to discuss whether ...

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Judicial discretion and deviations (access required)

Preliminary data released last month by the Virginia Criminal Sentencing Commission indicates the Virginia Circuit Court judges are taking the legislature at its word. Consideration, not application, of the guidelines is mandatory. Judges are finding opportunities to impose sentences both ...

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Personal-injury lawyers hit the medical books (access required)

When personal-injury lawyers want background medical information, they often pick up the phone and call a doctor. Perhaps they walk down the hall to talk to a senior partner or corner a knowledgeable lawyer at a bar meeting. But when ...

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Judge to bar: Stop abuse of discrimination laws (access required)

Judges typically decide only the case at hand, but one federal judge in Richmond took the unusual step in a sex discrimination case of writing a forceful message to all similar plaintiffs and their lawyers. Judge James R. Spencer rejected ...

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NOVA Law: Gun permits spark cross-fire at Fairfax Bar lunch (access required)

FAIRFAX–Lawyers who belong to the Fairfax Bar Association ate lunch in a political minefield Sept. 21. The topic du jour was the new law that makes it easier to obtain concealed-weapon permits in Virginia. Fairfax Bar President Glenn C. Lewis ...

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Bowman claim can be based on federal statute (access required)

A man who claims he was fired for refusing to participate in illegal billing practices under a government contract can go forward on his wrongful-discharge Bowman claim, a Fairfax Circuit judge has ruled. The judge rejected defense arguments that Bowman, ...

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Alexandria HVAC firm wins $220K for defamation (access required)

A Fairfax Circuit judge has awarded $220,000 to an Alexandria heating and air conditioning company that claimed notices posted in a condominium complex interfered with its business. The defamation suit alleged that the heating company suffered financial losses because of ...

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'Virtual evidence' materializes in Virginia (access required)

It slices, it dices — it even makes julienne fries. Well, not exactly. But a 3-D graphics presenter can do just about anything else, according to attorneys who use it for demonstrative evidence. It is an overgrown overhead projector that ...

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