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All God's children got shoes (access required)

The VBA kicked off its winter program on a Thursday afternoon with a packed presentation on Forensics in Capital Litigation, featuring veteran medical examiner Dr. Marcella Fierro. When certain deaths occur in Virginia, by statute, Fierro reminded the group, the ...

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They're everywhere (access required)

If, in recent court appearances, you thought you were surrounded by amateurs, you probably were. Speaking generally, one-fifth of the caseload in contemporary Virginia courts consists of pro se cases, according to Virginia Supreme Court Justice Elizabeth B. Lacy, who ...

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Hearsay (access required)

Opera fans take their opera seriously. If you don’t believe that, read on. There’s a case this week, Mills v. Steger, (VLW 002-3-007) that is basically an employment case. Public employee sues superiors for firing him and loses. That quick ...

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Pass the Hot Dogs (access required)

The Texas Tavern is a downtown Roanoke landmark. The only time it closes all year is around Christmas, and during that 42-hour span last month, some bozo broke in and stole about $38. Not to worry. A surveillance camera caught ...

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Great Expectorations (access required)

Quick, what was most important sports story happening in Virginia this past week? The on-again, off-again relationship of Marty Schottenheimer and the Washingon Redskins? Pretty important, that’s true. The on-again, off-again courtship of the Charlotte Hornets by the City of ...

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Great Expectations (access required)

Guessing game time. The Virginia Bar Association has a surprise guest coming to be their after-dinner speaker at their winter meeting this weekend in Williamsburg, and they won’t say who it is. That means either (a) they haven’t got anyone ...

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Order In The Parking Lot (access required)

Richmond’s John Marshall Courts building, like some others in the state, has been burdened by a series of bomb threats recently, to the frustration of everyone. But Richmond circuit judges are making do where they can. Lawyers Ruppert Bierne and ...

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Down in the Dumpster (access required)

What looked like an open-and-shut case of dumpster-diving turned into a patriotic celebration, during a Nov. 20 hearing in Pittsylvania County General District Court. A deputy sheriff had ticketed three people for scavenging other people’s trash, which the county apparently ...

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