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HEAD FOR THE MOUNTAINS (access required)

Here’s a case, the kind of which you don’t see very often. In fact, in the more than 10,000 cases we’ve digested at Virginia Lawyers Weekly, we’ve never seen one like this. It’s an unpublished Court of Appeals decision, Cary ...

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MAKING THE JUMP (access required)

Originally elected as a Democrat, Lynchburg Commonwealth’s Attorney Bill Petty ran and won as an independent for 16 years. This fall, he will stand for reelection under the Republican banner. Petty held a party in late May attended by some ...

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VOX POPULI? (access required)

Reaction to Sen. Joe Gartlan’s call for mandatory pro bono by lawyers has been swift. Del. David Albo fired a letter to the editor (see page A-5), saying essentially, if the Assembly makes lawyers work for free, it should make ...

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HAIL TO THE CHIEF (access required)

U.S. Magistrate Judge Tommy Miller of Norfolk became president of the Federal Magistrate Judges Association at the group’s annual meeting last week in Denver. The FMJA is the national organization of U.S. Magistrate Judges, and 90 percent of the nation’s ...

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ANOTHER SLOW STEP FORWARD (access required)

Back in March, U.S. Sen. Chuck Robb announced that he was recommending Virginia Beach Chief Circuit Judge Jerome Friedman for an open federal judgeship in Virginia’s Eastern District. On June 26, President Clinton formally nominated Friedman for the seat, which ...

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TAKE A BITE OUT OF CRIME? (access required)

Maybe they just have a different way of dispensing justice in West Virginia, or maybe Mike Tyson has started a trend. Either way, this next item is not your average man-bites-dog story. It’s a judge-allegedly-bites-defendant story. Bill Witten, 29, of ...

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The big issues (access required)

A Friday program on professionalism asked whether in 1997, the case on gender bias should be closed. The turnout and the tone of the debate suggest a firm “no,” but the struggle continues. A panel of judges and attorneys tackled ...

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