Author Archives: Peter Vieth

Special powers: Lawyer-legislators pick judges, can stop cases with privilege (access required)


Virginia lawyers who serve in the General Assembly enjoy outsized powers and privileges in their interactions with the judges who rule on their cases. But any regulation would be impractical, many of them say. In Virginia, lawyer-legislators can have a ...

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Lawyer convicted in fraud scheme is disbarred (access required)

A Williamsburg lawyer who was convicted by a Norfolk federal jury of conspiracy in a $25 million investment fraud scheme has given up his law license. Billy J. Seabolt, 56, served as counsel for investment advisor Daryl Bank as Bank ...

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Senators recommend 3 for 4th Circuit (access required)

Virginia’s U.S. senators are recommending three candidates for a coming vacancy on the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine recommend U.S. District Judges Arenda Wright Allen and Hannah Lauck and Virginia Solicitor General ...

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Report: Judge who once led parole board is on leave (access required)

Virginia Beach Juvenile and Domestic Relations Judge Adrianne Bennett, the former state Parole Board chair, went on “extended leave” in mid-April, according to a report by the Richmond Times-Dispatch. Citing an April 14 email from the court clerk, the paper ...

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