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Lawyer disbarred after ignoring clients, VSB (access required)

A Stafford attorney has lost his license after dropping the ball on his clients’ cases and then stonewalling investigative efforts by the Virginia State Bar. John J. Good Jr. – licensed since 2006 – reportedly blamed his dysfunction on “overwhelming ...

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Is it time to talk? (access required)


A recent rash of conflicts between doctors and lawyers may lead to reexamination of a largely forgotten truce document forged 13 years ago. Advocates on both sides hope dialogue and cooperation can avoid a legislative fight over the rules that ...

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Roanoke lawyer convicted of assaulting dancer (access required)

A Roanoke attorney has been convicted of the misdemeanor assault and battery of a dancer at the strip club he was managing. Charles John “C.J.” Covati, who has served as a substitute judge, was found guilty by a general district ...

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Clients got excuses; lawyer gets 3-year suspension (access required)

A Newport News lawyer is out of business for three years after agreeing to findings that he misled clients and a bar investigator about lapses in his practice. Clients said Marc E. Darnell offered a string of excuses for failing ...

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Supreme Court gives outline for Batson challenges (access required)


The Supreme Court of Virginia offers a tutorial on Batson challenges to jury strikes while affirming a first-degree murder conviction in a case decided last month. The justices split 5-2 on whether a prosecutor’s race-neutral explanation for striking a juror ...

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AG: Prosecutors should quit enforcement of habitual drunkard law (access required)

Attorney General Mark Herring says Virginia prosecutors should stop seeking “interdiction” orders against people alleged to be “habitual drunkards” under a state law ruled unconstitutional by a federal court. The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled 8-7 on July ...

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Senators reopen judgeship evaluations (access required)

Virginia’s two U.S. senators are reopening their evaluation process for filling the seat of semi-retired U.S. District Judge Glen E. Conrad. The move comes in the wake of reports that President Trump was considering U.S. Attorney Thomas Cullen for the ...

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Professional discipline is usable for impeachment (access required)


Lawyers need to choose their medical experts with care. That’s a key lesson from a new Supreme Court of Virginia decision, one lawyer said. The justices refused to overturn a patient’s verdict even though the jury was told that a ...

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