Author Archives: Peter Vieth

U.S. attorney chastised over courtroom incident (access required)

The bribery trial of a former Virginia State Police detective has exposed tension between federal and state law enforcement teams and led a federal judge to conclude that the U.S. attorney made a “serious error in judgment” during the trial. ...

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Judges across state differ on ‘reptile’ tactics (access required)


Virginia courts may not have felt the reptile’s strike, but judges are taking different approaches with the prospect of plaintiff’s lawyers armed with psychological jury appeals. At issue is the “reptile” litigation tactic: an appeal to jurors’ subconscious fears that ...

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Bar panel opposes lawyer’s return to practice (access required)

A former real estate lawyer who gave up her license 15 years ago amid bank account overdrafts and a family crisis should not be licensed again, a Virginia State Bar panel says. Despite letters of recommendation and backing from an ...

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Lawsuit challenges ban on religious messages (access required)

A Virginia real estate agent claims state regulators are violating her constitutional rights with rules that ban spiritual messages on her mail and her advertising. Hadassah Hubbard Carter of Glen Allen has included religious content in her email signature and ...

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TV station battling lawsuit over on-air shooting (access required)

A Roanoke television station is defending a lawsuit filed by the only survivor of the 2015 on-air shooting that claimed the life of a reporter and cameraman. The suit, filed in Franklin County Circuit Court, seeks damages for the former ...

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Judge hits counter-piracy firm with sanctions (access required)


A judge’s discovery sanctions will hobble a seagoing security company in its bid for insurance coverage after its ship and crew were seized by Indian authorities. The sanctions include preclusion of evidence beyond the company’s limited discovery responses and an ...

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Fahey to run for Fairfax County commonwealth’s attorney (access required)

Former federal prosecutor Jonathan Fahey says he will challenge Democrat Steve Descano in the November election for Fairfax County commonwealth’s attorney. Fahey said his top priorities would be gang violence and the opioid crisis, according to The Washington Post. Fahey ...

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Legal aid group sues bond security firm (access required)

A Northern Virginia legal aid office has filed a lawsuit attacking the business model of a Virginia immigrant bond security company. Libre by Nexus charges for GPS ankle monitors and a monitoring service so immigrants can be bonded out of ...

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