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Justices call pitches, but won’t draw the strike zone (access required)

Supreme Court Thoughts and Musings

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, WEST VIRGINIA – The Supreme Court of Virginia is willing to call balls and strikes, but don’t look for the court to diagram the entire strike zone. While lawyers should not expect the court to lay out ...

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VSB cancels all plans for 2015 Midyear Seminar

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The Virginia State Bar drew withering fire from supporters of Israel as it cancelled a planned legal seminar in Jerusalem last month. While the scheduled Midyear Legal Seminar in November appeared doomed for lack of participants, bar leaders cited concerns ...

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Bait & Switch? High court considers use of initial appraisal in road condemnation case (access required)

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The Supreme Court of Virginia is considering the effect of what one lawyer called a “bait-and-switch tactic” used by the state highway department in road condemnation cases. The court could decide whether a jury in an eminent domain trial can ...

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Final VSB LEO has limited ‘Padilla’ duty for prosecutors (access required)

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Virginia prosecutors may have an ethical duty to avoid plea bargains that could lead to defendants’ deportation under new guidance from the Virginia State Bar, but only in limited circumstances. A final VSB legal ethics opinion arising from so-called Padilla ...

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Under scrutiny: Tough cases put police, prosecutors at odds (access required)

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In most courthouses, there is a friendly and cooperative relationship between law enforcement officers and the prosecutors who put on their evidence in court. After all, the officers and the state’s lawyers share the common goal of bringing the bad ...

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