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Lawyer suspended in Virginia is disbarred in Maryland

A Virginia lawyer who received a six-month suspension in Virginia last year for dropping the ball on a business client had his license revoked altogether by corresponding authorities in Maryland. One reason given was the failure of David P. Buehler ...

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Law firm pioneers use of Bitcoin

A Roanoke law firm has become the first in the region to accept the digital currency Bitcoin. The estate planning firm of Anderson Desimone and Green P.C. could be the first in the state to leap into the world of ...

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New app helps police catch phone thieves

CHESAPEAKE (AP) When a thief stole a smartphone recently in the Western Branch community here, the tech-savvy victim knew what to do. He had been shopping in December when he set down his phone, police said. Moments later, the Samsung ...

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Lawyer must file client’s appeal under proposed LEO

A court-appointed lawyer has a duty to file an appeal at the client’s request, even if the client pleaded guilty and the lawyer thinks the appeal would be frivolous, according to a proposed legal ethics opinion now up for comment. ...

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Pulley joins Gentry Locke in Lynchburg

Veteran Danville lawyer Glenn W. Pulley has joined Gentry Locke Rakes & Moore as a partner at the firm’s new Lynchburg office . Pulley has practiced for 38 years at Clement and Wheatley in Danville. In 2002, he was inducted ...

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‘Phantom income’ counts for support

A father’s “phantom income” in the form of a forgivable loan will count in calculating his child support payment, a Virginia trial court said on Feb. 9. There are no Virginia cases precisely on point, but the broad language of ...

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Senate votes to raise felony threshold

A criminal would have to steal at least $500 worth of property or cash to be guilty of a felony under a proposal advancing at the General Assembly. The current felony trigger point is $200. Critics have called for reform ...

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VBA head welcomes House action on judgeships

The president of the Virginia Bar Association says the group welcomes a House of Delegates budget plan that would increase the number of funded state trial court judgeships to 402. VBA president Harry M. “Pete” Johnson III said the voluntary ...

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State Senate approves bill to continue lethal-injection executions

(AP) The Virginia Senate has passed legislation aimed at making sure the state can continue carrying out capital punishment by lethal injection. Passed 23-14 Tuesday after a contentious debate, Senate Minority Leader Richard Saslaw’s bill empowers the Department of Corrections ...

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