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Thawing the judicial freeze may be hard (access required)

Lobbyists know that legislators pay attention to pain. There’s plenty of pain to go around these days, as members of Virginia’s General Assembly gird their loins for the start to the 2011 legislative session. Lawyers who want to get legislators’ ...

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Candidates line up to replace Hurt, Griffith (access required)

Rocky Mount lawyer Bill Stanley is among four Republicans and a Democrat who have announced that they want to replace state Sen. Robert Hurt, the Chatham Republican who won election to the House of Representatives. Roanoke lawyer Greg Habeeb, a ...

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Sweet Stakes: Video sweepstakes games draw attention of prosecutors, legislators (access required)

Virginia prosecutors are looking for guidance from both judges and legislators as they face a proliferation of video sweepstakes games that some claim are illegal under the state’s gambling laws. While game operators contend they are in a “safe harbor” ...

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Criminal defense lawyers want to open up discovery (access required)

Discovery in criminal cases is a hot issue. In some localities, defense lawyers complain of secretive police policies and uncooperative prosecutors. In other jurisdictions, however, commonwealth’s attorneys announce “open file” policies, and defense lawyers generally agree those procedures work well. ...

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Altria leads list of biggest-spending lobbyists

Altria spent the most in the last legislative year in lobbying Virginia public officials, according to the annual report by the Virginia Public Access Project. The holding company that has Philip Morris USA as its principal asset spent $328,848, according ...

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