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Sealing of criminal cases accidental, judge says (access required)

A recent short-term sealing of court records for several defendants in a federal racketeering prosecution was unintentional and quickly remedied, the chief judge for the Western District of Virginia said. The Danville Register & Bee reported Nov. 9 that an unknown ...

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Opposition emerges to regulation of court reporters (access required)

Not all court reporters are on board with a plan to seek state regulation of the profession in Virginia. An association of electronic reporters and a group of nearly 200 Virginia-based reporters and transcribers have announced their opposition to regulation ...

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At the forefront of legal ethics (access required)


Jim McCauley went from prosecuting unethical lawyers to trying to keep them from getting into trouble with the bar. For 23 years, he has led the office that offers free advice on ethics rules and opinions to Virginia lawyers. His ...

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4th Circuit to revisit habitual drunkard law (access required)

The full 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will reconsider a challenge to a Virginia law that allows police to arrest people designated as “habitual drunkards” if they are caught with alcohol. A three-judge 4th Circuit panel upheld the law ...

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Miles wins Chesterfield prosecutor spot (access required)

The morning after Election Day, Democrat Scott Miles claimed the win in a hotly contested race to fill the seat of retired Chesterfield County Commonwealth’s Attorney Billy Davenport. The margin of victory was less than two percentage points. Miles, a ...

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Panel takes aim at use of ‘shall’ in laws (access required)


The Boyd-Graves Conference says it’s time to end the confusion over the different meanings ascribed to the word “shall” in Virginia statutes and rules. The solution the panel offers is to eliminate that word altogether in new law and use ...

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Miles leads Childrey in Chesterfield CA contest (access required)

The morning after Election Day, Democrat Scott Miles held a narrow lead over Republican John Childrey in voting for a new Chesterfield County commonwealth’s attorney. With all precincts counted in the special election, Miles led Childrey by 47.43 percent to ...

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