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Mother’s conviction in son’s drowning death reversed (access required)


A divided panel of the Court of Ap­peals of Virginia has reversed the felony child neglect conviction of a Pulaski County mother whose 5-year-old son died in a septic tank accident. The 2-1 ruling holds that prosecutors failed to show ...

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Morrissey sanctioned for claim in fee lawsuit (access required)

Richmond lawyer Joe Morrissey has been ordered to pay $1,000 to a developer who was named in Morrissey’s lawsuit over unpaid fees for his work on a proposed National Slavery Museum. A judge ruled that a lawyer’s reasonable inquiry would have ...

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Bar sets December hearing for ex-lawyer’s reinstatement bid

The Virginia State Bar is asking for comment on a disbarred Virginia lawyer’s request to rejoin the bar. Anne Marston Lynch Wilbur agreed to revocation of her license in 2009 after admitting that she stole $40,000 from her church. Lynch ...

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Ishida named top administrator for 4th Circuit (access required)

A new administrative chief starts next month at the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. James N. Ishida has been hired as the circuit executive for the Fourth Circuit. He currently is appellate court administrator with the Utah Administrative Office ...

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VSB moves to extend client protection assessment

Virginia State Bar leaders hope to extend the bar’s authority to collect lawyers’ assessments for the Clients’ Protection Fund. The bar now assesses every Virginia lawyer $25 a year to support the fund that reimburses clients and others victimized by ...

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State files consumer protection suit against tax relief service (access required)

A Northern Virginia-based tax relief service that came under scrutiny by the Virginia State Bar now is facing a lawsuit alleging violations of the Virginia Consumer Protection Act. The Virginia attorney general’s office filed suit Sept. 13 against Wall & ...

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