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Court reverses custody decision using Daubert

State legislators worried about use of the federal Daubert test to exclude “junk science” got a reassuring signal April 14 when the Court of Appeals reversed a trial judge’s application of the test in a messy custody battle. An appellate ...

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General Assembly returns for veto session

(AP) Virginia state lawmakers are returning to the Capitol to vote on Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s vetoes and proposed amendments. The GOP-controlled General Assembly reconvenes for its so-called veto session Wednesday. Among the legislation lawmakers will consider are tighter gift ...

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Williams Mullen beefs up SC environmental practice

The Richmond-based Williams Mullen firm has added four attorneys to its environmental practice unit in Columbia, South Carolina. The additions include noted environmental lawyer Ethan R. Ware, who joins the firm as a partner, according to a news release. Ware, ...

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Attorney expected to recover after shooting

Lynchburg lawyer Joseph “Joey” Sanzone is expected to recover after being shot in the face by an unknown assailant Saturday evening. The incident happened at a downtown Lynchburg apartment building where Sanzone’s son lives. The son is an associate attorney ...

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Virginia prosecutors form ‘best practices’ panel

Hoping to foster sound practice and counter a negative narrative about law enforcement in the courthouse, the Virginia Association of Commonwealth’s Attorneys has launched a Committee on Justice and Professionalism. The panel has a mission of both practice improvement and ...

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Taxi driver sues passenger over anti-Muslim tirade

Even though criminal charges were dropped in 2013 against a Fairfax County man who directed a stream of anti-Muslim slurs against a taxi driver, the cabbie has filed a lawsuit against the passenger under a federal civil rights law and ...

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Defendant takes his own life after manslaughter verdict

A man on trial for the death of his wife 15 years ago took his own life at the Montgomery County courthouse shortly after being found guilty of voluntary manslaughter Friday. M. Ward Faville Jr. died in the incident, according ...

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Virginia leads U.S. in law enforcement referrals for school kids

Virginia schools are tops in the nation in referring school students to law enforcement for possible prosecution, according to government figures analyzed by the Center for Public Integrity. Virginia schools refer misbehaving students to law enforcement agencies at nearly triple ...

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Eminent litigator Lewis Booker dies

Legendary Richmond lawyer Lewis T. Booker died April 4 at age 85. Mr. Booker built a national reputation for handling large, complex litigation in a four-decade career at Hunton & Williams. He began practice with the Richmond-based firm in 1956 ...

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