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Wilder’s son gets education position

Gov. Bob McDonnell has appointed Larry Wilder, the son of former Gov. L. Douglas Wilder, as a special assistant on re-entry education. The younger Wilder practiced law for 14 years but more recently has been involved in what a press ...

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Hassell to step down as chief

Virginia Chief Justice Leroy Rountree Hassell Sr. told the annual meeting of state court judges today that he will step down after two four-year terms as head of the judicial branch. The announcement came during the chief justice’s annual State ...

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Former priest’s convictions upheld

The Virginia Court of Appeals affirmed today the embezzlement convictions of former Louisa County priest Rodney Rodis. A jury recommended that Rodis serve a total of 200 years on 10 embezzlement counts stemming from the theft of more than $200,000 ...

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Judge decries plaintiff’s ‘chutzpah’

Chief U.S. District Judge James Jones of the Western District clearly was unimpressed with one medical malpractice plaintiff’s efforts to preserve a $150,000 offer of judgment in the face of damaging disclosures. Information about the plaintiff’s painkiller habit was a ...

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A sidewalk settlement in Chatham

A broken sidewalk in the town of Chatham might mark the intersection of property law, local government, and torts. It seems there is a nasty break in the pavement in front of the historic and beautiful Pittsylvania County courthouse. According ...

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‘Spear’ stands alone

Denounced by plaintiffs’ lawyers, the groundbreaking decision in Spear v. Washington Metropolitan Airports Authority has found few friends in the Virginia judiciary. The latest judge to reject the “once-and-for-all ad damnum” rule of Spear is Franklin County Circuit Judge William ...

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Wood wins VSB Family Law ‘Lifetime Achievement’ Award

Richmond lawyer William C. Wood can take a lot of personal satisfaction in how Virginia family law practice has grown in scope and complexity since he pioneered his specialty practice in Henrico in 1966. One of the deans of the ...

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