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Author Archives: Peter Vieth

Proposal: Bias training would count for MCLE (access required)

Eight Virginia bar groups are supporting a proposal to add training on elimination of bias in the legal profession to the list of topics approved for ethics credits in continuing legal education. “We, as a country, are coming to grips ...

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Lawyers who admitted extortion attempt accept disbarment (access required)

Two Virginia lawyers who admitted trying to extort a potential mass tort defendant for $200 million at the expense of their cancer-victim clients have agreed to disbarment. One of the lawyers acknowledged a “long-time substance use disorder which had affected ...

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Advocacy groups seek early release for at-risk inmates (access required)

A coalition of legal groups has launched a project to seek early release of Virginia inmates at risk of illness from COVID-19. Despite legislation and a settlement agreement to help the incarcerated population at risk from the pandemic, lawyers saw ...

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Defendants went too far in redactions, judge rules (access required)

Prompted by an outsider’s motion to show cause, a federal magistrate judge has ordered a company with offices in Augusta County to refile a group of exhibits with corrected redactions. Reviewing the exhibits filed in a business dispute, U.S. Magistrate ...

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Albemarle County votes to remove Confederate statue (access required)

Another Virginia courthouse Confederate statue is on the way out. The Albemarle County supervisors voted unanimously Aug. 6 to remove the 111-year old “Johnny Reb” statue from in front of the county courthouse, located in downtown Charlottesville. The Charlottesville Albemarle ...

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VSB: Lawyer had client try to retract bar complaint (access required)

A lawyer who refunded her fee and reimbursed the client’s expenses after a bungled divorce filing had the client promise in writing to retract a bar complaint, according to an agreed disposition of ethics charges. The lawyer consented to a ...

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Lawyer accused of lying to client gives up license (access required)

A former Richmond lawyer who allegedly strung along a medical malpractice client for four years with falsified documents and more than $400,000 in payments has surrendered his bar license in the face of multiple ethics charges. D. Brooks Hundley disputed ...

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PDs talk reform: Mandatory minimums, police stops under study (access required)

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Virginia’s public defenders are telling reform-minded Democrats the state needs more judges from the ranks of defense lawyers, more discretion for judges and fewer opportunities for pretextual police stops. Another target of reformers is mandatory minimum sentences for various offenses ...

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Deposition hostilities ‘unacceptable,’ judge says (access required)

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Faced with a deposition that was halted amid sharp objections to the scope of questioning, a Richmond federal judge ordered a second deposition and assessed fees against the opposing counsel. No sanctions were imposed, and the dispute over the questioning ...

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