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High court to consider insanity issues in home invasion case (access required)

The Supreme Court of Virginia has agreed to consider whether an involuntary intoxication defense is equivalent to an insanity defense in the case of a man who tortured a McLean lawyer and his wife in their home. Andrew Schmuhl contended ...

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Judge tosses Miller-Jenkins lawsuit for claim splitting (access required)

A Lynchburg federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit against Liberty University and its former law school dean saying the suit is essentially a duplicate of one filed in Vermont. The suit arises out of the prolonged child-custody tug-of-war between Janet ...

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Judge steps aside at boat death plea hearing (access required)

Surprising a courtroom full of spectators, a Lancaster County circuit judge announced he would recuse himself from the criminal case of a man accused of causing the death of a friend in a 2017 boating accident. John “Rand” Hooper was ...

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Fee sharing for VSB lawyer referral to start next year (access required)

With the approval of the Supreme Court of Virginia, the Virginia State Bar will revamp its Lawyer Referral Service effective July 1 next year, charging lawyers a percentage fee for the first time. After a study, VSB leaders said the ...

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Licenses suspended for unpaid fees to be reinstated (access required)


Lawyers can expect questions from clients and former clients about the legislation – effective July 1 – that ends driver’s license suspensions based on unpaid court debt. The change affects more than 500,000 drivers. The state budget passed by the ...

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Soros-backed candidates topple incumbent prosecutors (access required)

Two veteran Northern Virginia commonwealth’s attorneys were unseated in primary elections June 11 by challengers from within their own party carrying a message of progressive reform and wielding major donations from liberal billionaire George Soros. Parisa Dehghani-Tafti defeated incumbent Commonwealth’s ...

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