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Lawyer sues TV station for defamation

A Portsmouth attorney is suing a Portsmouth television station claiming the station defamed him in a news report about his arrest on an assault charge this year. Sterling H. Weaver Sr. is demanding $5 million from the owner of WAVY-TV ...

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4th Circuit nominee clears committee

In a party-line vote on July 17, the Democratic-led Senate Judiciary Committee recommended the full Senate confirm Pamela A. Harris, of Potomac, to the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. U.S. Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid said he plans to ...

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Keeping ‘Happy Hour’ happy

Many states, including Virginia, regulate cheap drinks during promotional happy hours in order to promote public safety, according to a new report from the National Center for State Courts. In a survey of variations among the states with restrictions on such ...

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Getting your jury on board

It’s no secret that jury trials are on the wane. Last year, Virginia trial judges swore in 732 juries in civil cases, down from 764 in 2012. If you’re a trial judge greeting a new venire, or a trial lawyer ...

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U.S. Magistrate Judge Jones to retire

Alexandria U.S. Magistrate Judge T. Rawles Jones Jr. will retire Feb. 28, according to the court. Jones, 66, was an Alexandria lawyer for 20 years before his appointment as a magistrate judge in 1994. A native of Suffolk, he served ...

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