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Thefts from Birth Injury Fund alleged

A former claims manager for the Virginia Birth Injury Fund has been indicted on federal charges related to the alleged embezzlement of more than $800,000 from the fund. Iris F. Allen, 44, of Richmond worked for the fund from 2004 ...

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Web site demands client payment

Ever want to buy a billboard to dun a deadbeat client? A French law firm tried a similar approach to collecting a legal fee. It registered the purported client’s personal name as a domain name and dunned him for the ...

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Keenan hearing to be Webcast

You can watch Virginia Supreme Court Justice Barbara Milano Keenan’s appearance before the Senate Judiciary Committee at 4 p.m. Wednesday on the committee’s Web site. Just go to judiciary.senate.gov and click on the Nominations link on its home page. That ...

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The crisp refresher…

At least one judge welcomes objections that bring to mind a long forgotten paean to a brand of cheap beer. The judge is Roanoke’s Cliff Weckstein and the beer is Ballantine. As several dozen lawyers listened, Weckstein today described the ...

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ACLU approves of religious protest against it

The ACLU of Virginia says a sectarian prayer at a high school football game is unconstitutional, but a religious protest by students against the ACLU for objecting to the prayer is perfectly acceptable. ACLU Executive Director Kent Willis explains why ...

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Abuse charge against lawyer dropped

A special prosecutor today nol prossed a charge of sexual battery against Roanoke lawyer David D. Lawrence. Lawrence was charged in May with a misdemeanor count of sexual battery.  According to The Roanoke Times , the female victim alleged Lawrence ...

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Virginia Beach clerk to cut back hours

The Virginia Beach Circuit Court clerk’s office will close at 1 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays under new hours to start Oct. 13, Clerk Tina E. Sinnen reports. The new hours will be Monday through Wednesday 8:30am to 4pm and ...

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