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Author Archives: Peter Vieth

Norfolk judges oppose prosecutor’s pot policy (access required)

Norfolk’s circuit judges are resisting efforts by Commonwealth’s Attorney Greg Underwood to effectively decriminalize marijuana possession in the city. Judge Mary Jane Hall on Feb. 12 rebuffed prosecutors’ bid to dismiss misdemeanor marijuana charges, according to The Virginian-Pilot. “We are ...

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Prosecutor has immunity in suit over drug case (access required)

A former federal prosecutor has been dismissed from a federal lawsuit in which she and a police officer were accused of rigging evidence against a drug informant. The lawsuit alleged then-Assistant U.S. Attorney Ashley Neese assisted a Bedford sheriff’s deputy ...

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Lynchburg court clerk to retire (access required)

Lynchburg Circuit Court Clerk Eugene Wingfield says he will not seek re-election this year, meaning his last day will be Dec. 31. Wingfield says he has been in public service for almost 45 years, as a police officer, an investigator ...

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New trial ordered for accused scammer (access required)

A trial judge did not do enough to ensure that a jury had not been exposed to a news report about court proceedings in a scam case, a federal appeals court has ruled. The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ordered ...

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Allegations get personal in law firm split (access required)

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What started as a fight over clients in the wake of a historic mass tort verdict has led to charges of unprofessional and malicious conduct against the lawyer who acted as a spokesperson for the victorious legal team. That lawyer ...

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License suspension reform bill fails (access required)

Despite apparent bipartisan support in the General Assembly, a proposal to repeal the law that suspends driver’s licenses for those who don’t pay court fines or costs has died. Only four votes were needed Feb. 11 to kill Republican Sen. ...

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Lawsuit claims law firm used information from illegal spying (access required)

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Divorce lawyers accused of using dirt uncovered by illegal recordings and computer snooping have no blanket protection against a lawsuit based on state and federal wiretap laws, a federal judge has ruled. Allegations in the case mirror recent warnings that ...

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Four interview for Supreme Court opening (access required)

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Delegates and senators questioned four prospects for a September vacancy on the Supreme Court of Virginia this month, and other candidates could emerge as the General Assembly session continues. Two of the candidates interviewed Feb. 6 professed to being “strict ...

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Summary judgment bill survives Senate challenge (access required)

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One part of a limited tort reform package narrowly made it out of the state Senate last month despite concerns about higher litigation costs in business disputes. But the limited tort reform measures now appear to be on their way ...

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