Author Archives: Peter Vieth

16 apply for Court of Appeals seat (access required)

A crowded field is competing for the open seat on the Court of Appeals of Virginia. The Virginia State Bar reported 16 candidates submitted paperwork to be considered as the VSB and other bar organizations conduct interviews Feb. 19. The ...

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Ex-lawyer sentenced for fraud on senator, others (access required)

A former Northern Virginia corporate attorney has been sentenced to more than seven years in federal prison for conspiring to defraud state Sen. Richard Saslaw’s campaign war chest as well as a Canadian business and a charity. David H. Miller, ...

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Lawyer surrenders license after fiduciary losses (access required)

A Norfolk lawyer who was found liable for more than $2.5 million for mishandling of a fiduciary account has given up his law license. Philip R. Farthing acknowledged a judge’s 2017 findings that he breached his fiduciary duties in managing ...

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Six expected to seek seat on Court of Appeals (access required)

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At least six candidates have indicated they would like to be considered for a vacancy on the Court of Appeals of Virginia. Virginia bar groups have been asked by a state Senate leader to evaluate candidates, and an evaluation process ...

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Smooth sailing for public defender plan (access required)

A proposal to create a public defender office for Prince William County has won two favorable votes already at the General Assembly. The House Courts criminal laws subcommittee approved the bill Jan. 17 without opposition after advocates said it would ...

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Courts, Judiciary committees get organized (access required)

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A name change and a political shift distinguish the 2020 versions of the General Assembly’s committees overseeing Virginia’s courts. The Senate voted Jan. 8 to change the name of what had been the Committee for Courts of Justice to the ...

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Courts scramble to address gun ban challenge (access required)

A bid by gun rights activists to block a temporary Capitol Square weapons ban has foundered both in circuit court and in the Supreme Court of Virginia. Gov. Ralph Northam on Jan. 15 decreed that weapons of all kinds would ...

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Pay boost would be coupled with certification for GALs (access required)

A proposal advancing at the General Assembly is designed to encourage guardians ad litem in family law cases to both meet with children they serve and meet court standards for their work. The measure would pay GALs for face-to-face contact ...

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