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Ex-lawyer sentenced to 45 years for role in home invasion (access required)

A former Virginia lawyer was sentenced to 45 years in prison for helping her husband torment her former boss and his wife in their McLean home in 2014. The sentencing of Alecia Schmuhl again brought Leo Fisher and wife Sue ...

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Lawyer convicted in sexual battery cases (access required)

A Warrenton attorney has pleaded no contest to two counts of misdemeanor sexual battery after clients accused him of misconduct, court records show. Jud Fischel, 68, who has practiced in Fauquier County for four decades, was convicted Jan 20, records ...

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Hospitals gear up for fight over regulation (access required)


The 2017 General Assembly is expected to be a battleground for medical providers divided over the state’s tight regulation of medical start-ups. Some physicians say they should have the right to open a surgery center or other facility without having ...

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Assembly names new judges (access required)

The General Assembly elected five new trial court judges and a new workers’ compensation commissioner Wednesday. More new judges are expected to be named next month. Those elected just a week into the Assembly session, among the ranks of reappointed ...

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Legislators propose access to statewide court records (access required)


Two state legislators say court records kept by the Virginia Supreme Court’s administrative office should be searchable on a statewide basis. Their proposals for public access seek to change the court’s current policy of allowing online searches only on a ...

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Sub judge change nixed at Assembly (access required)

A proposal to have general district judges choose the substitute judges who serve in their courts has been tabled by a General Assembly subcommittee. The move leaves substitute judge appointment authority with chief judges of the circuit courts. Virginia Beach ...

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Morrissey faces new bar charges (access required)


The Virginia State Bar has leveled new ethics charges against Richmond area lawyer and politician Joseph D. Morrissey. The new charges follow a lengthy bar investigation that became public last year when Morrissey sought to block access to his lawyers’ ...

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Virginia Beach lawyer gets 4-year suspension (access required)

A long-time Virginia Beach attorney is closing his office as part of an agreement for a four-year law license suspension. Andrew I. Becker, a collections attorney licensed since 1989, was found in criminal contempt of court in 2013 for attempting ...

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Doctor sues hospital over misconduct report (access required)


A Virginia doctor says his hospital was too quick to report him to state regulators when a patient made questionable allegations of misconduct. Now, the doctor claims in a $500,000 lawsuit that he is still trying to shake the damage ...

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Encouraging good faith negotiation: Delegate floats med-mal cost-shifting rule (access required)


A Virginia legislator says the state’s medical malpractice cap can prolong litigation and force needless trials in some cases. Representatives of doctors and trial lawyers have agreed to study a possible remedy for potential action next year. Del. Greg Habeeb, ...

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