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Deeds sues state over son’s death

(AP) A Virginia state senator whose son stabbed him multiple times before fatally shooting himself has filed a $6 million wrongful death lawsuit against the state and a mental health agency. Sen. R. Creigh Deeds of Bath County claims in ...

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Rule: Lawyers must address data security (access required)

Virginia has joined at least 19 other states in putting lawyers on notice that they cannot ignore security risks inherent in modern office technology. The Supreme Court of Virginia has approved rule amendments and commentary that impose an ethical obligation ...

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Juries in the dark about parole status

(AP) In 1998, the jury deciding LeMar Jamie Anderson’s fate had an important question for the judge: “Do we — in Virginia — have parole?” The answer was no. Virginia had abolished parole in 1995. But Anderson’s jurors would not ...

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Senator: Restore mandatory IOLTA

A state senator who practices law in Loudoun County is proposing to bring back mandatory designation of interest on lawyers’ trust accounts for legal aid programs. Sen. Jennifer T. Wexton, D-Leesburg, has introduced a bill that would repeal Virginia’s 20-year-old ...

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Suit filed in forklift death

ROANOKE (AP) Relatives of a man killed in a forklift accident in Roanoke are suing the equipment’s manufacturer and a distributor. The $10 million lawsuit alleges that the forklift lacked safety features. According to the federal lawsuit, 44-year-old George Demian ...

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