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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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Tort reform measures in the hopper at the G.A.

Virginia hospitals are backing legislation in the 2010 General Assembly to encourage a “disclosure/early offer” pilot project aimed at averting medical malpractice litigation. House bill 306, sponsored by Henrico County neurologist and Del. John O’Bannon, would authorize the state health ...

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Payee notification dead for the year

The Supreme Court of Virginia has asked the Virginia State Bar and the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association to withdraw legislation they had planned to introduce on payee notification. The Virginia State Bar Council had endorsed the concept in October. The ...

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Court sees six DVDs of teen questioning

Looking for a tutorial on police interrogation tactics? We’ve got something better than a Law & Order rerun. Two Norfolk police detectives brought 17-year-old Kelsey Erin Helvenston into the police station on March 22 to question her about a fatal ...

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Court rules are on court’s own Web site

The Rules of the Supreme Court of Virginia have a new online address and a new look. The rules now are hosted here on the court’s own Web site in PDF form. Steven L. Dalle Mura, director of legal research ...

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Judge Friedman to take senior status later this year

U.S. District Judge Jerome B. Friedman of Norfolk will take senior status Nov. 30, The Virginian-Pilot is reporting. Friedman has been on the federal bench since 1997. He was a Virginia Beach circuit judge when President Clinton tapped him for ...

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Two top VT officials remain in shootings lawsuit

Virginia Tech president Charles Steger and former Executive Vice-President James Hyatt remain as defendants in the two lawsuits filed by families of students killed in the 2007 shootings at the school. Also remaining in the case are the former head ...

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Former state Sen. George Warren dies

Former state Sen. George M. Warren Jr., a prominent trial lawyer and prosecutor, has died at age 87, reports the Bristol Herald Courier . Sen. Warren served in the Virginia Senate from 1963 to 1975.  He was Bristol Commonwealth’s Attorney ...

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