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Court affirms lawyer discipline for ‘frivolous’ suit against doctor

The Supreme Court of Virginia will not second guess a decision to discipline a Falls Church lawyer for suing a doctor who never treated the lawyer’s client. The court decision comes in the case of Michael P. Weatherbee, who sued ...

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Nonprofit site features in-depth Assembly coverage

Following the 2010 General Assembly session? Here is a valuable resource you might not be aware of: the Richmond Sunlight Web site. Established by the Virginia Interfaith Center in 2007, this volunteer-run site provides user-friendly access to comprehensive data such ...

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Hospital policy claim allowed in med mal lawsuit

Roanoke Circuit Judge Clifford Weckstein will allow a medical malpractice plaintiff to pursue his claim that a Carilion Clinic policy discouraging outside referrals led to medical complications. Weckstein ruled today in a hearing in the case of Ronald Burchett, according ...

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War of words breaks out at Kingsmill

A William & Mary law professor used legal “mumbo jumbo” to undermine the authority of the Kingsmill Community Services Association, accused the group’s lawyer in a letter delivered by police . The professor fires back, saying the tactic is a ...

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Police officer’s immunity will stand

The U.S. Supreme Court has refused to review a finding that a Botetourt County officer had qualified immunity from a lawsuit claiming he unlawfully entered a home at night to investigate a missing teen aged girl. The 4th U.S. Court ...

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W&L names interim dean

Mark Grunewald (right), a law professor at Washington and Lee University since 1976, will become interim dean on July 1. The current dean, Rodney A. Smolla, is leaving to become president of Furman University in Greenville, S.C. A graduate of ...

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4th Circuit on bolstering, Batson

A Richmond federal prosecutor crossed a line during closing argument in a weapons trial when she told the jury that two government witnesses “told the truth,” the 4th Circuit says. Federal precedent says it is improper for a prosecutor to ...

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Too many John Grisham plots?

House Bill 1306 would require jurors to provide a Social Security, voter registration card or photo identification when they assemble for juror selection. If a juror doesn’t have the ID with him, he must sign “a statement affirming, under penalty ...

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