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Fee petition: Keep the focus on the winning lawyer (access required)

A  new decision on attorney’s fees offers a tip for your next fee petition: Make sure the petition celebrates the credentials of the requesting lawyer at least as much as the qualifications of the lawyer who swears the requested rate ...

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Physician to enter plea in jogger’s death

(AP) A prosecutor says a Mechanicsville physician has waived a jury trial in the January death of a jogger. Hanover County prosecutor Stephen Royalty said Dr. Michael J. Carlson plans to enter a plea to involuntary manslaughter. Carlson’s trial was ...

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Turnout light for VSB presidential election

Less than 15 percent of eligible Virginia lawyers voted in the three-way election for president-elect of the Virginia State Bar last month. Midnight Monday was the deadline to cast ballots in the VSB’s first online election. The candidates were Ray ...

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Inmate lawsuit settles for $2.7M

WINCHESTER (AP) The wife of a former inmate has received $2.7 million from the settlement of a lawsuit against the Northwestern Regional Adult Detention Center in Winchester. Suzanne Boren’s lawsuit had sought about $37 million in punitive damages and $3 ...

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Spencer tosses one Maureen McDonnell conviction

(AP) A federal judge on Monday overturned one conviction against former Virginia first lady Maureen McDonnell but affirmed several other corruption verdicts against her and her husband. Judge James R. Spencer rejected the McDonnells’ request for a new trial and ...

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Lawmakers propose campus rape reporting rules

(AP) Three Virginia lawyer-legislators are proposing new rules that would require university officials to report allegations of sexual assault to law enforcement personnel and prosecutors. The three, all Republican leaders in the House, said Monday that violent crimes should be ...

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Bond denied for lawyer accused in torture session

A Fairfax County circuit judge has denied bond for a lawyer accused of helping her husband torture the managing partner of an Arlington law firm. Alecia Schmuhl had been fired from the firm about two weeks before she and her ...

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Herring continues to pay off campaign debt

(AP) Attorney General Mark Herring is still paying off campaign debt related to last year’s recount effort, while his political spending after nearly a year in office outpaces those of other possible 2017 gubernatorial candidates. Herring listed debts of more ...

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Settlement avoids trial for prison medical case

Virginia officials apparently have settled a class action lawsuit challenging medical care for women inmates at a state prison in Fluvanna County. Court records show that a ten-day trial beginning Dec. 1 was called off Nov. 25 based on notice ...

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