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‘Fatal error’ costs prosecutor’s job (access required)

A procedural misstep by a seasoned prosecutor torpedoed the case against a murder defendant and cost the prosecutor his job. Virginia Beach Chief Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney Scott Vachris moved to nolle prosequi a murder case on the second day of ...

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A fine of $250K (access required)


In a case watched by numerous bankruptcy lawyers, a Virginia judge has fined a national bankruptcy firm $250,000 and revoked its privileges to practice in the Western District for five years. U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Paul M. Black also fined two ...

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County board urges keeping Judge Vanover (access required)

The Dickenson County Board of Supervisors is urging the General Assembly to reconsider its decision not to re-elect Circuit Judge Henry Vanover. In a resolution passed Feb. 27, the board said it “vehemently” disagreed with the Assembly’s action not to ...

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Hancock Daniel adds lawyers, shortens name (access required)

Health care law firm Hancock, Daniel, Johnson & Nagle is rebranding as Hancock Daniel as it acquires a New York firm to expand its footprint. The Richmond-based firm has joined forces with Centolella Green Law, a boutique health care, tax ...

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DC lawyer keeps active license while in Virginia prison (access required)

Jail Cell Bars Prison FEA

Inmates file lawsuits all the time, sometimes attacking their convictions, sometimes complaining about prison conditions. Some are pretty good jailhouse lawyers. But a Virginia federal judge expressed surprise this month when he realized that the inmate plaintiff in a civil ...

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Deadline for clerks needed? (access required)


Collections lawyers say some Virginia court clerk’s offices are taking months to process paperwork, slowing down their practice. Staff shortages mean the problem could get worse, a court official warned, but legislators say they are looking to the courts for ...

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Criminal discovery comment sought

The latest proposal to reform criminal discovery in Virginia is being put up for comment by the state Supreme Court. The court is asking for comments on proposed revisions to Rules 3A:11 and 3A:12 regarding criminal discovery. The court’s Feb. ...

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