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Lawyer and firm are sued in highway triple fatality (access required)

A Richmond attorney and her law firm are both named in three lawsuits arising from a late night highway crash in June that claimed the lives of three people. The attorney – Claire C. Carr of North Chesterfield – was ...

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Ex-city attorney suspended 90 days (access required)

Former Petersburg City Attorney Brian K. Telfair has been suspended from law practice for 90 days for reporting a phony threat to support postponement of a city council meeting. The Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board imposed the suspension based on ...

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Lawyer accepts disbarment after contempt finding (access required)

A Fredericksburg lawyer found in contempt of court for failing to file probate paperwork has agreed to revocation of her law license. Sonya B. Costanzo said she had closed her practice two years ago as her health problems worsened. She ...

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Lawyer surrenders license amid VSB, bankruptcy court troubles (access required)

A Vienna lawyer gave up his law license last month in the face of Virginia State Bar charges and after his disbarment by the Eastern District Bankruptcy Court. Patrick R. Blasz agreed to revocation of his law license Sept. 27 ...

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The duty to protect others (access required)


A sharply divided Supreme Court of Virginia says those who assume a duty to guard against criminal harm can be liable only if they communicate their undertaking. A four-justice majority of the high court affirmed dismissal of a lawsuit against ...

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Plea deal resolves charges against ex-prosecutor (access required)

A former Hampton prosecutor facing charges in two Tidewater localities has reached a plea deal to resolve both cases. John F. Haugh, 57, of Hampton, entered an Alford plea to a charge of assaulting his girlfriend as he was dropping ...

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Lawyer convicted of drug sale is suspended (access required)

A Tazewell attorney jailed for an illicit drug sale has been suspended by the Virginia State Bar and faces possible disbarment at a show cause hearing this month. Timothy Hayes pleaded no contest May 3 to felony distribution of a ...

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Malicious wounding conviction puts law license in jeopardy (access required)

A former West Virginia prosecutor could lose her Virginia law license after a conviction for stabbing a man with a hunting knife. Eva L. Stephenson Plum of Craigsville entered an Alford plea to a felony charge of malicious wounding Aug. ...

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