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Prosecutors Oppose Plan To End Council (access required)

In a preemptive strike, Virginia prosecutors are strenuously opposing the proposed abolition of the Commonwealth’s Attorneys’ Services Council, which trains rookie prosecutors in the art of trial advocacy. Former Governor L. Douglas Wilder, the chairman of Governor Mark Warner’s Commission ...

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Roanoke County Set For 'Family Violence Court' (access required)

Roanoke County — which pioneered drug courts for the commonwealth in the mid-1990s — is developing another judicial innovation, the “Family Violence Court.” The new effort will address problems involving domestic violence offenders, and deal with the issues of probation ...

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Unpredictable Clients (access required)

Lawyers love control. They script direct examinations. They tell clients what to wear and how to behave. They obsessively observe procedural rules — all in an effort to avoid the unexpected. It follows, then, that lawyers loathe “loose cannons.” Clients ...

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