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Biases can flow both ways, judges say (access required)

As a “skinny little kid from South Bronx,” Janice J. Wellington didn’t necessarily expect to wind up as the first female judge in Prince William County. Wellington, who is African-American, says she was a “little offended” the first time the ...

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Lawyer ‘ineffective’ on appeal right

Talking with a convicted client’s kinfolk does not satisfy a criminal defense lawyer’s duty to consult about a possible appeal. Although a trial court signed off on the lawyer’s efforts, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reversed the lower ...

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Court to review ruling on Dead Man’s Statute (access required)

The Supreme Court of Virginia will review a Roanoke trial judge’s ruling that a physician’s medical notes provided corroboration for the physician’s testimony that he advised a patient to see an endocrinologist because he suspected the patient had Cushing’s syndrome. ...

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