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Herring calls for reform to cash bail system (access required)

State Attorney General Mark R. Herring has joined calls for reforms to Virginia’s cash bail system, saying too many low-risk criminal defendants are locked up awaiting trial because they cannot afford to post a bond. Herring cited policy and constitutional ...

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State posts increase in Bar Exam pass rate (access required)

Despite a decline nationally in scores on the Multistate Bar Examination in July, Virginia bar candidates posted an increase in the state’s overall pass rate. Of the 767 test takers who sat for the two-day exam in Roanoke this summer, ...

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Judge hits losing plaintiff for $1.5M in lawyer fees (access required)

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An Alexandria federal judge has awarded $1.53 million in attorney’s fees and costs to a consumer electronics manufacturer based on findings that trademark infringement claims and litigation conduct against the company were “objectively unreasonable.” U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III ...

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Sentence is 6 months for lawyer who lied to feds (access required)

A former Roanoke lawyer who admitted lying to FBI agents about accepting sex for legal services and providing drugs to clients has been sentenced to six months in prison. Scott A. Webber pleaded guilty to one count in June, admitting ...

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Bar seeks changes to evaluations of judicial candidates

The Virginia State Bar proposes to clean up language governing its process of evaluating those who seek to be judges in the state appellate courts and in Virginia federal courts. The bar also hopes to change the state open records ...

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Judge orders divestiture in antitrust case (access required)

In a decision designed to restore competition in the marketplace for interior doors, Richmond U.S. District Judge Robert E. Payne has ordered a manufacturer to sell a Pennsylvania doorskin plant, the second largest in the world. The Oct. 5 ruling ...

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Deeds settles lawsuit over son’s death for $950k (access required)

A lawsuit over the 2013 death of a state senator’s son that prompted Virginia mental health reforms has been settled for $950,000. Sen. R. Creigh Deeds, D-Warm Springs, was severely wounded in the incident Nov. 19, 2013, when son Austin ...

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