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Statements in 911 call testimonial

The live testimony of Joe Madison would have been devastating for Alton Nelson Wilder. But fortunately for Wilder, Madison, a homeless man who said he saw two men wheeling away items from a stockyard in Norfolk, didn’t show up for ...

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Noise ordinance appeal fails

The U.S. Supreme Court declined today to review the finding by the Supreme Court of Virginia that Virginia Beach’s noise ordinance was unconstitutional on its face. Many localities in the state, including Virginia Beach, have reworked their noise ordinances since ...

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LeClairRyan lobbyists jump ship

The Pittsburgh-based firm of Eckert Seamans Cherin and Mellott LLC has conducted its second raid in the last three months on the Richmond operations of major law firms. The firm announced today three partners and three non-lawyer lobbyists from LeClairRyan ...

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Kaine requests Soering transfer to German prison

In one of his last official acts as governor, Tim Kaine today requested the U.S. Justice Department approve a transfer of convicted killer Jens Soering to Germany, where he would be eligible for parole in two years. Soering is the ...

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Norfolk Circuit Court is now Tweeting

The Norfolk Circuit Court clerk’s office is now a voice in the Virginia legal community on Twitter. The court began tweeting the past Wednesday, making it the first (at least to our knowledge) circuit court in the commonwealth to jump ...

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No med-mal cap legislation this year

There will be no effort to change the medical malpractice cap in this session of the General Assembly. Representatives of healthcare organizations and the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association met with the chairmen of the House and Senate Courts of Justices ...

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Lawyer-councilmen in the news

Former Lynchburg Bar Association president Randy Nelson was named this morning to fill the unexpired city council term of Del. Scott Garrett. Nelson is appointed to serve until June 30, when Garrett’s term would have expired, reports The News & ...

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Supreme Court releases 18 opinions

The Supreme Court of Virginia handed down 18 decisions and two orders this morning. Full-text PDF copies of every case are also available on our Web site. Here are some of the highlights: A party can’t vouch for a decedent’s ...

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When should judges retire?

We have at least three ideas about when judges should retire already in this year’s legislative hopper. Del. Terry W. Kilgore, R-Gate City, proposes 73 in House Bill 126, as does Sen. John S. Edwards, D-Roanoke, in Senate Bill 206, ...

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