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Judicial interviews to be brief

The term “mature consideration” probably does not apply to the process the Judicial Panel of the House Courts of Justice Committee has set up to fill upwards of 23 judicial vacancies. The plan calls for the panel to start interviewing ...

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Buck beef is settled, case dismissed

Charlottesville lawyer Frank Buck has been cleared of an assault charge for throttling his client in a courtroom. A judge Thursday approved an accord-and-satisfaction proposal, dismissing the charge. Buck paid $81 in court costs, reports The Hook, a Charlottesville weekly. ...

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No comp for ‘cable guy’ robbed by customer

It’s not easy being known as “the cable guy.” That’s what people called Frank James Moorefield Jr., whose job was collecting unpaid cable bills or removing equipment from low-income apartments in Danville. People were not happy to see Moorefield, not ...

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24th Circuit benefits from Putney’s chairmanship

A spreadsheet prepared for House and Senate budget conferees shows how they went about deciding which judicial vacancies to fill. The table compares the caseload of judges in circuits and districts with the average caseload per judge. With one exception, ...

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Drug court video wins award

Supporters of the 14 drug court programs in Virginia have two reasons to celebrate this week. Most importantly, the legislature approved another year of existence for the court-run diversion program, but there’s also national recognition for a video documentary on ...

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Workplace complaint about Mardi Gras cake

Mardi Gras, or Fat Tuesday, is one week from tomorrow, on March 8. Be careful how you celebrate in the workplace. If you’re thinking of bringing in a colorful King Cake to share with your office-mates, maybe you should think ...

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Georgetown’s Wendy Perdue is new UR law dean

The University of Richmond has named Georgetown Law Center assistant dean Wendy Perdue as dean of the UR law school, to succeed John Douglass who is stepping down to return full time to the classroom. “She was the clear first ...

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Assembly funds judgeships

The General Assembly recessed tonight until April 4 after approving a budget that includes money to fill 21 judgeships that the legislature froze in its 2010 session. The legislature also rejected the proposal of Gov. Robert F. McDonnell that it ...

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Most judicial vacancies, VSB budget restored

The initial word from the Senate Finance Committee staff is that House and Senate budget conferees have agreed to appropriate $3.72 million to fill judicial vacancies, to leave the Virginia State Bar budget intact and to fund the state’s drug ...

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Lawyer’s former girlfriend loots trust account

Salem lawyer Greg Phillips fell victim to a larcenous ex-girlfriend, according to federal authorities. Rebekkah Ferrell of Roanoke pleaded guilty Wednesday to bank fraud charges that could land her in prison for up to 30 years. After leaving a job ...

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