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Supreme Court approves deferred judgment (access required)

Resolving a sometimes heated debate between prosecutors and defense lawyers in Virginia, the Supreme Court of Virginia ruled Thursday that courts have the inherent authority to take a criminal case under advisement to consider dismissal instead of conviction, even after ...

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An evenly divided court? (access required)

The Supreme Court of Virginia has a cadre of three senior justices that it calls on to augment its ranks when a justice cannot sit for some reason. As a result, it’s rare for less than seven jurists to hear ...

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Court grants noncompete writ (access required)

The Supreme Court of Virginia will review a noncompete agreement in which the language in dispute limited application of the restriction to Fairfax County but barred the employee from competing “directly or indirectly or concern himself/herself in any manner whatsoever” ...

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Court affirms two-year suspension (access required)

The Supreme Court of Virginia affirmed yesterday the two-year suspension of the license of Alexandria lawyer Dale E. Duncan despite an embarrassing oversight by the Virginia State Bar. A three-judge panel concluded that Duncan had violated Rules of Professional Conduct ...

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Gun case pulled from docket (access required)

The Virginia attorney general’s office has decided not to contest a Shenandoah County man’s right to own a firearm even though he has been convicted of a misdemeanor domestic assault. The Department of State Police had told Festus Brian Foltz ...

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Hassell to miss argument session (access required)

Leroy Rountree Hassell Sr. will miss his last argument session as chief justice of the Supreme Court of Virginia because of health reasons. The court issued a press release this afternoon announcing that he would not participate in the session ...

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Court reinstates cases for plaintiffs (access required)

The Supreme Court of Virginia issued unpublished orders today in two areas of the law that it has had frequent occasion to visit – statutory employees and inadequate damages. Both orders reversed judgments that had been entered for defendants in ...

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