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Judge sues newspaper claiming defamation

One defamation trial could lead to another as a Richmond circuit judge is seeking $1.35 million against a newspaper that allegedly accused the judge of playing politics with lawyers. Judge Melvin Hughes filed suit last week against the publisher of ...

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Kinser to get Jefferson Foundation medal

Cynthia D. Kinser, chief justice of the Supreme Court of Virginia, will receive the 2011 Thomas Jefferson Foundation Medal in Law as part of the University of Virginia’s Founder’s Day observation next month. Kinser is a 1977 graduate of the ...

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Scammed? It’s okay to call the cops

Lawyers, be reassured. You’re not violating any attorney-client responsibilities if you report an Internet scam attempt to law enforcement. That’s the word from Virginia State Bar Ethics Counsel Jim McCauley, who says he’s fielded calls from two lawyers in the ...

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