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Lawyer exonerated in conflict of interest case

The Supreme Court of Virginia Thursday overturned the public admonition of an Eastern Shore lawyer who stayed in a divorce case even after the opposing party revealed confidences to the lawyer’s partner. The case turned on whether the lawyer knew ...

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Court-ordered disclaimer on blog not enough

A lawyer’s single disclaimer on his website was not enough to warn potential clients that they might not see the same successful results in their criminal cases as the lawyer touted in his blog posts, the Supreme Court of Virginia ...

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Dumler issues public apology

Christopher J. Dumler, a Scottsville lawyer who avoided a felony conviction on a forcible sodomy charge, has been unable to avoid a drumbeat of calls for his resignation from the Albemarle County board of supervisors. Dumler evidently hopes to quell ...

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Lawyer faces multiple charges after parking lot incident

A Blacksburg criminal lawyer is charged with DUI as well as three felony drug and gun charges after an encounter with officers in Montgomery County this week. Joseph G. Painter Jr., 65, was arrested after authorities got a call about ...

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Appellate victory wasn’t in the cards for ‘Psychic Sophie’

A Chesterfield County spiritual advisor made a federal case out of it when the county told her she could not practice her craft without paying for a license as a fortune teller. She took her case all the way to ...

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Judge: Prosecutors botched service on defendant company

U.S. District Judge Robert Payne of Richmond rebuked federal prosecutors for failing to get proper service on a South Korean company accused of stealing trade secrets for making body armor. The judge’s Feb. 22 ruling means a delay in the ...

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Portsmouth lawyer revoked by court, then by the bar

A lawyer accused of continuing to practice in bankruptcy court after being suspended by the Virginia State Bar now has lost his privilege to practice law altogether. Denny P. Dobbins of Portsmouth was suspended for three months beginning July 1, ...

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Actual innocence reform bill passes legislature

The General Assembly last week gave final approval to the bill designed to remove a linguistic barrier to exoneration for those wrongly convicted in Virginia. House Bill 1432 – if signed by Gov. Bob McDonnell – will change the standard ...

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