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Feds cutting fees for court-appointed lawyers

Sequestration is hitting federal court-appointed lawyers in the wallet. The Executive Committee of the U.S. Judicial Conference has reduced hourly rates for court-appointed panel attorneys by $15 an hour. The change is described as an “emergency move” to preserve federal ...

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Federal funding cuts will hit private lawyers

Federal trial judges from around the country are telling the U.S. Senate that courts have slashed operations “to the bone” and further funding cuts will “profoundly compromise” the justice system. Virginia’s two chief federal trial judges have signed off on ...

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Alcohol complicates dog bite case

It’s dog days 2013, take two. A woman suing for a dog bite cannot avoid her statement that she was heavily intoxicated and couldn’t remember much about the incident. And if the case goes to trial, she may face expert ...

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Frucci appointed to circuit court

Governor Bob McDonnell has appointed Virginia Beach General District Judge Steven C. Frucci to the circuit court bench, filling the fourth of six circuit court positions left funded but unfilled by the General Assembly. “Judge Frucci has served honorably on ...

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Legislators, others honored by prosecutors

Two retiring delegates were among legislators and lawyers honored as “Champions of Justice” by the Virginia Association of Commonwealth’s Attorneys at their annual meeting in Virginia Beach this month. Del. Lacey Putney, I-Bedford, was recognized for his long service as ...

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