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Man’s appeal raises ‘Hernandez’ issues

The Supreme Court of Virginia has agreed to consider a case involving a judge’s discretion in taking a DWI charge under advisement and substituting a different charge in the ultimate finding of guilt. The underlying criminal case in Kelley v. ...

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Supreme Court to review tangled ‘Lester’ case

The 2010 Charlottesville trial that led to a record wrongful death verdict and the apparent retirement of a prominent personal injury lawyer will be scrutinized by the Supreme Court of Virginia. The court has granted appeals sought by both sides ...

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AG: Local laws cannot target political signs

Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli says local laws imposing special restrictions on temporary political signs are invalid. “Any ordinance that places heavier burdens or greater restrictions on temporary political signs than are placed on any other temporary signs is invalid,” ...

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‘Drive-By’ discovery meetups in federal cases

There’s nothing like a government study to confirm the conventional wisdom. Lawyers who practice in federal court likely already know it helps to talk to the lawyer on the other side to plan how to proceed with discovery. Quickie confabs ...

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Rules of Evidence posted

The Supreme Court of Virginia has posted the new Rules of Evidence online as a 27-page PDF file. The Virginia Rules of Evidence, approved in a stormy legislative session, take effect July 1. Because the rules reflect an effort to ...

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Noncompete, nonsuit cases on June argument docket (access required)

The Supreme Court of Virginia is back in town June 4, hearing a docket that includes several cases from Fairfax, including: attorney’s fees in a collections case (Dewberry & Davis Inc. v. C3NS Inc.); a ; the right to nonsuit ...

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State will pay $900,000 to settle case against sheriff

Former Franklin County Sheriff Ewell Hunt was accused in a lawsuit of failing to prevent one of his deputies from gunning down his ex-wife. Now, the ex-wife’s family will get $900,000 from the state to settle the suit on behalf ...

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