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Lawyer urges statewide public defender office (access required)

A Richmond attorney and blogger is proposing an “umbrella organization” to advocate for a statewide public defender system in Virginia. Elwood E. “Sandy” Sanders Jr. argues that Virginia has the resources to bring a more unified system to what is ...

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Would-be scammer targets Loudoun law firms

A Loudoun County lawyer is warning of a new variation on the classic counterfeit check scam often tried on law firms. This scheme involves a live-and-in-person would-be client who claims to be owed a large sum of money for architectural ...

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Underwood, Platania among primary winners (access required)

After a primary victory over two challengers Tuesday, Norfolk Commonwealth’s Attorney Greg Underwood faces no known opposition for re-election in November. Underwood, seeking a third full four-year term, defeated challengers Ron Batliner and S.W. Dawson. Underwood’s most recent term was ...

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Frequent filer restricted at Supreme Court (access required)

The Supreme Court of Virginia has issued a pre-filing injunction against a pro se litigant for filing repetitive and vexatious appeals after losing a string of frivolous lawsuits. Dora L. Adkins has filed more than two dozen appeals in recent years ...

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Immunity denied over lab tests in med-mal action (access required)


Doctors who hoped to use the lab-test-immunity provision of Virginia’s medical malpractice law failed to make their case, a Fairfax County circuit judge has ruled. The decision revives attention to a compromise statute hammered out in 2006 following two conflicting ...

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Felony conviction survives court challenge (access required)

Even though a prosecutor and a judge agreed on a plan to render a misdemeanor conviction for a marijuana defendant, the man is stuck with a felony conviction after an appeal to the Supreme Court of Virginia. The case from ...

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Lawyer who abused Vietnam veteran’s charity is disbarred (access required)


A Virginia lawyer who ran a na­tional Vietnam veterans charity from his home in Alexandria has agreed to give up his law license after admitting that donors’ money went largely to fundraisers and to the lawyer’s own pocket. The National ...

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