Some members of the Senate and House Courts of Justice Committee want to see the judicial performance evaluation program revived. A brief discussion of that possibility started after what was apparently an exceptionally glowing evaluation of Danville General District Judge ...Read More »
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While some commentators have lamented the decreasing number of lawyers serving in the Virginia legislature, there was no wholesale infusion of attorneys into the House of Delegates in yesterday’s elections. Results show a possible gain of two additional lawyers in ...Read More »
The Boyd-Graves Conference voted this afternoon to recommend that the General Assembly extend the Virginia Tort Claims Act to local governments. The committee assigned to study the issue split 5-5, which suggested that a consensus among the full membership ...Read More »
Defense attorneys won’t have to spend any time drafting objections to the admission of affidavits and certificates of analysis in lieu of live testimony by analysts from the Virginia Department of Forensic Science. The Supreme Court of Virginia has conveniently ...Read More »
The Senate Courts of Justice Committee produced legislation, Senate Bill 5003, this afternoon that its members hope will provide at least an interim response to Melendez-Diaz v. Massachusetts. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled, 5-4, in Melendez that prosecutors generally must ...
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Radford University religion professor Carter Turner today announced his bid to unseat House majority leader Morgan Griffith, R-Salem. Turner replaces Ginny Weisz as the Democrat on the ballot. Weisz withdrew from the race last week. The Roanoke Times notes Turner’s ...Read More »