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Constitution does not assure ‘comfort’ with counsel

Senior U.S. District Judge Richard L. Willliams tried to do right by the defendant. Facing a firearm charge, defendant James Eugene Venable appeared in Richmond federal court to ask the judge to give him a new public defender, someone different ...

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Another endorsement for Urbanski

U.S. Magistrate Judge Mike Urbanski has picked up another endorsement in his bid to move up the judicial ladder at the federal courthouse. Urbanski Monday was recommended by the Salem/Roanoke County Bar Association for a seat on the U.S. District ...

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Allen & Allen to honor 100 Hometown Heroes

The Richmond-based personal injury law firm of Allen, Allen, Allen & Allen will celebrate its 100th anniversary by awarding 100 ‘Hometown Heroes.’ The firm is now seeking nominations for people who made a difference in their communities and in the ...

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Sleepover liability case settles for $1.75 million

A Henrico County judge has approved a $1.75-million settlement in the controversial case involving the death of a teenage girl during a visit with a friend. The money comes from the homeowners’ insurance carrier for parents of the victim’s friend. ...

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Fee cap waiver money has run out

Virginia’s court-appointed lawyers are working strictly on the straight fee plan until July 1, according to an April 13 memo from Supreme Court Executive Secretary Karl Hade. The $4.2 million allocated for fee cap waivers for FY2010 has run dry, ...

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Inverse condemnation case clears early hurdle

A Wythe County man whose property may set some kind of record for condemnation actions has won an early skirmish in his battle to extract more compensation from the state Department of Transportation. Wythe County Circuit Judge Joey Showalter denied ...

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