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The duty to protect others (access required)


A sharply divided Supreme Court of Virginia says those who assume a duty to guard against criminal harm can be liable only if they communicate their undertaking. A four-justice majority of the high court affirmed dismissal of a lawsuit against ...

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Plea deal resolves charges against ex-prosecutor (access required)

A former Hampton prosecutor facing charges in two Tidewater localities has reached a plea deal to resolve both cases. John F. Haugh, 57, of Hampton, entered an Alford plea to a charge of assaulting his girlfriend as he was dropping ...

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Lawyer convicted of drug sale is suspended (access required)

A Tazewell attorney jailed for an illicit drug sale has been suspended by the Virginia State Bar and faces possible disbarment at a show cause hearing this month. Timothy Hayes pleaded no contest May 3 to felony distribution of a ...

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Malicious wounding conviction puts law license in jeopardy (access required)

A former West Virginia prosecutor could lose her Virginia law license after a conviction for stabbing a man with a hunting knife. Eva L. Stephenson Plum of Craigsville entered an Alford plea to a felony charge of malicious wounding Aug. ...

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Boosting lawyer wellness (access required)


The Supreme Court of Virginia is proposing a “modest assessment” of Virginia lawyers to pay for a dramatic expansion of the state’s malnourished lawyer assistance program that battles substance abuse and mental health issues. The court approved a strategic plan ...

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