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Statewide criminal bar organizes (access required)

A new statewide bar group, the Virginia College of Criminal Defense Attorneys, will hold its first annual convention next week in Richmond. The group is an independent, voluntary bar association limited to attorneys representing criminal defendants. Although a similar group ...

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Roanoke burn victim gains $4M (access required)

A Roanoke man burned when fumes from a contact adhesive ignited has won a $4 million jury verdict for his injuries. The award is believed to be one of the largest verdicts ever in Virginia in a products liability case, ...

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Summary judgment posponed (access required)

HOT SPRINGS–The Virginia State Bar Council has postponed deciding whether it will support rule changes allowing augmented summary judgment motions through the use of supporting depositions and affidavits. Although the issue has been controversial, VSB President R. Edwin Burnette Jr. ...

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Random review tabled (access required)

HOT SPRINGS – The Virginia State Bar Council has sent random review of lawyer trust accounts back to the drawing board. At its meeting Oct. 14 and 15 at the Homestead, the council deferred voting on a proposal to establish ...

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DNA database makes "cold hit" (access required)

Virginia’s DNA matching system made its first “cold hit” – a match between crime scene evidence and a genetic sample in state forensic records – and provided probable cause for the arrest of a rape suspect. The case comes as ...

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"Caretaker function" not a basis for stop (access required)

A state trooper’s desire to find out if a motorist was having any mechanical difficulty was not a justifiable reason to stop the motorist’s pickup truck, the Virginia Court of Appeals has ruled. In overturning the defendant’s drunken driving conviction, ...

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