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Tag Archives: Commonwealth’s Attorneys

Staffer hopes to keep judgment against prosecutor (access required)

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A Culpeper County employee who successfully sued the county commonwealth’s attorney for assault and battery could lose his district court victory because he doesn’t have the money to pursue his appeal in circuit court. In the case involving lame-duck Commonwealth’s ...

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Charges tossed amid claims of prosecutor misconduct (access required)

After defense lawyers argued prosecutors unfairly influenced a grand jury, a Fauquier County judge dismissed seven felony charges against a former attorney accused of misappropriating client money. Prosecutors then withdrew two felony charges of making false statements on tax returns. ...

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Negligence claim against prosecutor dismissed (access required)

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A federal judge acted swiftly this week to kick out negligence claims against a Virginia prosecutor accused of wrongfully pursuing prescription fraud charges against a Walmart customer. U.S. District Judge Henry E. Hudson Monday dismissed the claims against Spotsylvania County ...

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Prosecutors on rule changes: There is no ‘trial by ambush’ (access required)

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Prosecutors and law enforcement interests remain strongly opposed to a series of recommended reforms in Virginia’s criminal discovery rules. After a last round of public comments, the package of changes is now before the Supreme Court of Virginia. The recommendations ...

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Final VSB LEO has limited ‘Padilla’ duty for prosecutors (access required)

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Virginia prosecutors may have an ethical duty to avoid plea bargains that could lead to defendants’ deportation under new guidance from the Virginia State Bar, but only in limited circumstances. A final VSB legal ethics opinion arising from so-called Padilla ...

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