A prosecutor may have to make an earlier disclosure of exculpatory evidence under Virginia ethics rules than is required under the Brady standard, under a new draft legal ethics opinion. The Virginia State Bar is seeking comment on draft LEO ...Read More »
A juror’s use of Wikipedia to research an element of a criminal offense violated a defendant’s right to a fair trial on illegal “cockfighting” charges, and the defendant should be retried, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said on ...Read More »
Virginia Lawyers Weekly received two first-place awards from the Virginia Press Association this past weekend, when the VPA announced the 2011 winners of its annual journalism contest. VLW gained top honors in the categories of editorial writing and headline writing. ...Read More »
The House of Delegates Wednesday squelched a legislative effort to help injured workers who cannot recall the circumstances of their accident. The House rejected a proposal by Gov. Bob McDonnell to clarify that a presumption in favor of coverage applies ...
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The U.S. Senate has consented to President Barack Obama’s appointment of Charleston, W.Va., attorney Stephanie Thacker for the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The president nominated Thacker this past September. Yesterday evening, the Senate voted 91-3 in her favor, ...
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Former lawyer Troy Titus, convicted in Norfolk federal court of mail and wire fraud, has lost his appeal in the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Today the appellate court released a 31-page unpublished opinion that described Titus’s involvement in ...Read More »
Responding to a scathing report from AAA Mid-Atlantic about Hopewell’s ticket-writing program, city leaders touted the safety benefits of the sheriff’s traffic unit at a Thursday city council meeting. Protecting lives, arresting felons and intercepting drug traffic are all advantages ...
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