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Court eases lawyer’s duty when client wants to lie (access required)

Over the objections of state prosecutors, Virginia lawyers will not have to rush to disclose a client’s expressed plan to lie under oath. The Supreme Court of Virginia has enacted rule changes – effective in December – that make it ...

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Mother sues officer in fatal shooting

SUFFOLK (AP)  A woman is suing a Virginia police officer who shot and killed her son while he was carrying a BB gun. Media outlets report attorneys for Corey Achstein’s mother filed the $8 million wrongful death lawsuit Monday against ...

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Heath in line for VSB presidency (access required)

Without opposition, Newport News personal injury lawyer Leonard C. Heath Jr. is now in the pipeline to the presidency of the Virginia State Bar. Heath petitioned to run for bar president-elect last fall, presenting the required 50 signatures of bar ...

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Hanover will be latest community with drug treatment court

HANOVER (AP) Hanover is poised to become the latest Virginia community with a special drug treatment court docket aimed at combating substance abuse. Hanover Circuit Court Chief Judge J. Overton Harris tells the Richmond Times-Dispatch that the drug treatment project ...

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Justices won’t hear death row inmate appeals

(AP) Two of Virginia’s death row inmates were turned away by the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday. The high court declined to hear the appeals of Ivan Teleguz, who was convicted of hiring a man to kill his ex-girlfriend; and ...

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Correction: Transgender Military Insurance story

ALEXANDRIA (AP)  In a story Oct. 2 about new military health benefits for transgender-related services, The Associated Press erroneously reported the agency for which Alexandra Snyder works. She’s a spokeswoman for Fort Belvoir Community Hospital, not Fort Belvoir. A corrected ...

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Lobby bar for law firms extends to consulting firms (access required)

The Supreme Court of Virginia says ethics guidelines that prevent lawyers from lobbying the General Assembly if another law firm member is a state legislator also extend to firm-owned consulting units. The court on Sept. 30 approved a legal ethics ...

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Hope, relief for transgender military families in new policy

ALEXANDRIA (AP) Like many transgender teens, Jenn Brewer faced bullying when she came out. Some classmates called her “tranny,” and a few teachers refused to address the 13-year-old by anything other than her male birth name, she said. But she ...

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Gregory credits Wilder for inspiration

(AP) For Roger Gregory, serving as the first African-American chief judge of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond takes on even greater meaning when he thinks of who else has walked the halls of the building he ...

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Attorney wants former officer’s conviction tossed

PORTSMOUTH (AP) An attorney for a former Portsmouth police officer convicted of voluntary manslaughter for fatally shooting an unarmed teenager is asking a judge to set aside the jury’s verdict. A jury found former officer Stephen Rankin guilty in connection ...

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