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Tip: Striking jurors for right and wrong reasons (access required)

Although litigators know that striking venire members on the basis of race or sex is prohibited, they may be at a loss sometimes to explain their peremptory strikes. Or they may be surprised to hear a strike questioned at all. ...

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DUI defense works in Va. (access required)

Based on double jeopardy A new DUI defense based on double jeopardy has worked apparently for the first time in Virginia: A Roanoke County general district judge last Wednesday dismissed DUI charges against a defendant whose license had been suspended ...

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News Analysis: Commissioner's "report" no bar to nonsuit (access required)

Defense lawyers concede that a plaintiff should be able to take a nonsuit when unforeseen circumstances cripple a case at the last minute, such as a critical witness having a car accident. But some lawyers point to a recent Circuit ...

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Rookie lawyers hit for $30K (access required)

Three novice lawyers have been ordered to pay $30,000 in attorney’s fees to an opposing party in a civil rights case for refiling a claim that a judge said had no evidentiary basis. The fee award, which was issued by ...

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Presentation technology enters the courtroom (access required)

Dear Reader: Months ago, Virginia Lawyers Weekly promised that you wouldn’t read about O.J. Simpson in this newspaper. And you still won’t. While Simpson’s name does appear in the following article, discussions of his DNA, his facial expressions and his ...

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News in Brief for March 13, 1995 (access required)

Review of ethics package extended Virginia lawyers will have more time to consider proposed changes to the Code of Professional Responsibility. Previously, the plan of action was for discussion of the changes at the March meeting of the Virginia State ...

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Overton gains Appeals seat (access required)

The General Assembly elected Hampton Circuit Judge Nelson T. Overton to the Virginia Court of Appeals before legislators headed home Feb. 25. Overton’s selection was a compromise, as Democrats in the House and Senate initially failed to agree on a ...

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News in Brief for March 6, 1995 (access required)

Hampton Circuit judge fills 2nd Appeals seat On the day it adjourned, the General Assembly broke a deadlock over a Court of Appeals vacancy and elevated Hampton Circuit Court Judge Nelson T. Overton to the court. The legislature also elected ...

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Court appointments to be insured by state (access required)

Attorneys who handle court-appointed criminal cases will soon get free legal-malpractice coverage from the state for those cases. A bill placing court-appointed counsel under the state’s insurance umbrella breezed through both houses of the General Assembly, 138-0, and was signed ...

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