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Bill would give judges 3 days to rule

The latest General Assembly effort to limit deferral of decisions on criminal matters comes from Del. David Albo. chair of the House Courts Committee. Albo, R-Fairfax, has introduced House Bill 51 to give judges 72 hours to convict or acquit ...

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House panel quizzes judges on Hernandez (access required)

Several judges seeking reelection by the 2012 General Assembly have run into trouble over criminal disposition issues raised during interviews Dec. 9 before a panel of the House Courts of Justice Committee. Committee members alerted incumbent judges last April to ...

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Looking back on 2011: The year in legal news (access required)

The reversal of a 20-year-old noncompete case lead the case news from Virginia Lawyers in 2011. Much of the first half of year featured news from the General Assembly. Officials at the Virginia State Bar sparred with legislators over $5 ...

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Bill planned to adopt Rules of Evidence (access required)

The Virginia Code Commission is moving forward with adoption of the Virginia Rules of Evidence, and they’re prepared to call in reinforcements to make their case to members of the General Assembly. On Dec. 5, the commission voted unanimously to ...

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Amendments seek to extend fight against child abuse

With headlines about child abuse allegations coming from Penn State and Syracuse University, it’s no surprise to see legislation designed to insure that similar incidents don’t happen here. Del. Robert G. Marshall, R-Manassas, has introduced some of the first legislation ...

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Democrats mull suit to push GOP Senate power sharing (access required)

(AP) Virginia Democratic leaders said Monday they intend to file a lawsuit challenging the right of Republicans to seize a majority in the evenly divided state Senate. Senate Democratic Leader Dick Saslaw and Sen. Donald McEachin, D-Henrico, said they will ...

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Athey nominated for judgeship

Del. Clay Athey has been nominated by fellow legislators for a seat on the 26th Judicial Circuit bench. Athey, a Front Royal attorney, did not seek re-election to the House this year. He is being nominated for the vacancy left ...

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Counting cases, and buying time (access required)

Virginia’s court system may have won some breathing room from a threat of wholesale redistricting by the state legislature, for this year at least. Last year, two bills were introduced that would have redrawn existing judicial circuit and district boundaries ...

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Collaboration urged on campus crime

Greater collaboration between campus and local police departments is needed when investigating major crimes at Virginia colleges, a Virginia State Crime Commission panel concluded. At a meeting earlier today, the commission agreed to explore possible legislation that would mandate “mutual ...

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