Author Archives: Peter Vieth

Cullen nominated for Western District U.S. attorney (access required)

President Trump has nominated Roanoke attorney Thomas T. Cullen for U.S. attorney for the Western District of Virginia, according to the state’s two U.S. senators. Cullen was one of two candidates recommended to the White House by Sens. Mark R. Warner and ...

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Rule would allow fee-shifting for lawyer’s GAL

Under a proposed rule change, some lawyers involved in impairment proceedings with the Virginia State Bar would have to foot the bill for a guardian ad litem appointed by the bar’s Disciplinary Board. The VSB Committee on Lawyer Discipline approved ...

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Abingdon lawyer charged with distributing drugs (access required)

An Abingdon attorney has been charged with distributing drugs inside the Washington County court house, officials tell the Bristol Herald Courier. The Washington County Sheriff’s Office reported that a court deputy spotted a folded paper being passed from attorney George ...

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Prosecutor immune in ‘false prosecution’ case (access required)


Despite the allegation of “a grave injustice” in the abduction conviction of a Charlottesville-area grocer, a federal judge said the man’s civil lawsuit against the prosecutor’s office would not stand. Sovereign immunity protects the commonwealth’s attorney under the U.S. Constitution, ...

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Assembly okays criminal court records access plan (access required)

The General Assembly has given its blessing to a Supreme Court plan to make statewide criminal case information available online by July 1 of next year. Both the House and Senate approved identical language Feb. 9 requiring the Supreme Court’s ...

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Senate approves end to suspension for unpaid fines (access required)

The Virginia Senate has overwhelmingly approved repealing Virginia’s mandatory driver’s license suspension for those who fail to pay court fines or costs. If made law, the bill would be a second stage in easing the burden for offenders saddled with ...

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Supreme Court ruling puts murder defendant back in jail (access required)

An Alexandria man accused of an ambush, execution-style slaying of his boss at a Warrenton pharmacy is back in jail after the Supreme Court of Virginia ruled a lower court judge erred in granting bail. Acting less than a month ...

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Senate: Allow DWI at driver’s home (access required)

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In a bid to overturn a 2014 Virginia Supreme Court decision, the state Senate this month approved a proposal to allow intoxicated driving on one’s own residential property. Once thought dead, the bill sponsored by Sen. Richard H. Stuart, R-Montross, ...

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VW seeks trial delay over lawyer’s comments (access required)

Volkswagen says bad publicity fomented by a Virginia lawyer justifies a six-month “cooling off period” before it faces trial in Fairfax County over dirty diesel emissions. The company wants to postpone a trial scheduled to start this month. The automaker’s ...

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