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This time next year… (access required)

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A push by Virginia prosecutors for additional money for handling body cam video recordings, combined with the burden of new criminal discovery rules, has led to a one-year delay in long-awaited criminal discovery reforms. Virginia Chief Justice Donald W. Lemons ...

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‘Do the fair thing’ (access required)

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After an impassioned plea from a man who spent 33 years in a Virginia prison for a killing he did not commit, a state Senate committee on Jan. 23 gave the go-ahead for a procedure to let defendants challenge convictions ...

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Justice McClanahan to retire in September (access required)

Virginia Supreme Court Justice Elizabeth A. McClanahan is retiring effective Sept. 1. She disclosed her plan in a Jan. 24 letter to Chief Justice Donald W. Lemons. McClanahan, 59, will have been on the high court for eight years by ...

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Senator pitches sister for possible Supreme Court opening (access required)

Southwest Virginia’s Sen. Ben Chafin is urging fellow Republicans to move his sister – Judge Teresa Chafin – from the Court of Appeals to an anticipated vacancy on the state Supreme Court, sources tell the Richmond Times-Dispatch. The paper said ...

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Lawyer accepts 2-year suspension for litigation lapses (access required)

A Fairfax lawyer has agreed to a two-year license suspension for undermining his clients’ case in a residential renovation contract dispute. The suspension of John Patrick Bond by the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board follows a public reprimand in 2013 ...

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Legal services plan LegalShield seeks deregulation (access required)

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A national legal services plan says it’s time for Virginia to end administrative oversight over such programs. Virginia regulates legal services plans as if they were insurance companies. The State Corporation Commission’s Bureau of Insurance enforces laws requiring review of ...

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Disbarred lawyer seeks reinstatement (access required)

A Richmond educator who surrendered her law license 15 years ago in the face of financial lapses in her real estate practice is asking to practice again. The Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board will hear the reinstatement petition of Ann ...

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