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Criminal discovery panel is working behind closed doors (access required)

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Lawyers looking for signs of progress on criminal discovery reform in Virginia have little to go on now that a Virginia Supreme Court study panel has begun work. Chief Justice Cynthia D. Kinser has admonished the 23 members of a ...

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Tortious Interference Claims Support Conspiracy Suit (access required)

A transmission shop owner suing for statutory business conspiracy can support that suit by alleging the “unlawful acts” of tortious interference with contract and with business expectancy, the Supreme Court of Virginia says in response to two certified questions, and ...

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Stand and speak: Judges explain rules for contemporaneous objections (access required)

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DANVILLE – In the wake of two recent Virginia Supreme Court opinions addressing cases where litigants claimed they were not given the opportunity to make timely objections at trial, Virginia appellate jurists offered some advice for trial lawyers this month. ...

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Supreme Court pushes ‘Hernandez’ envelope (access required)

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In a new decision on a highly charged issue, the Supreme Court of Virginia has taken a broad view of a trial judge’s inherent authority to consider different outcomes for those who plead guilty to criminal charges. The high court ...

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Court Has ‘Inherent Authority’ to Defer Judgment (access required)

Despite entering defendant’s guilty plea on drug charges after finding “overwhelming” evidence against him, the trial court nevertheless had inherent authority to withhold a finding of guilt, and the Supreme Court of Virginia reverses the contrary decision of the Court ...

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