Author Archives: Peter Vieth

Assembly restores some of clerk staff money (access required)

Understaffed district court offices may be able to bring on some new employees in the next two budget years with the budget package approved by the General Assembly this month. Most of the new hiring will have to wait until ...

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Lawyer suspended 4 years for role in sunken treasure case (access required)

A Virginia lawyer has been suspended for four years for his actions as an Ohio lawyer in helping hide millions of dollars in assets from a treasure salvage operation. Richard Robol represented shipwreck-treasure hunter Tommy Thompson who, from 1988-91, recovered ...

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High court extends emergency (access required)

The Supreme Court of Virginia has again extended its declaration of a judicial emergency by another three weeks. The court’s 12th COVID-19 order pushes the possible emergency end date to Nov. 22, although extensions have become routine. The latest emergency ...

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No immediate ruling after Lee statue trial (access required)

(AP) A judge heard hours of arguments and witness testimony but did not immediately issue a ruling in a lawsuit seeking to prevent Virginia’s governor from removing an enormous statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee in Richmond. “It’s a ...

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High scores noted for July bar exam (access required)

The pass rate for the July Virginia Bar Exam was the highest in 22 years – by far. Of the 431 applicants who sat for the July 28-29 exam in Roanoke, 87.47% passed, according to the Virginia Board of Bar ...

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Emergency order tolls appeal bond deadline (access required)

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A Lynchburg judge has ruled the Virginia Supreme Court’s emergency tolling of case-related deadlines applies to the statutory deadline for posting a bond to appeal a civil case from district court to circuit court. The decision means there is no ...

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‘Safe harbor’ overdose law applies retroactively (access required)


A Frederick County circuit judge has ruled that broader protections for overdose victims in criminal court apply even when the overdose occurred before the stronger law took effect. Despite that favorable ruling this month, the same judge later ruled the ...

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Roanoke-area courts win jury trial approval (access required)

Despite an earlier setback over the need for individual courthouse plans, a Supreme Court panel now has approved jury trial resumption plans for courts in Roanoke, Roanoke County and Salem, the chief circuit judge reported Oct. 16. Judge David Carson ...

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