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Criminal jury instructions now free, without annotations (access required)

The Supreme Court of Virginia is moving to allow free access to unannotated versions of its model jury instructions. The court announced June 26 that the criminal Virginia Model Jury Instructions are now available in an unannotated format on the ...

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Lawyer suspended for bankruptcy-related violations (access required)

A Northern Virginia lawyer has accepted a one-year suspension in Virginia after a similar penalty was imposed in Washington for his handling of a bankruptcy case. Edward Gonzalez – who lists a Herndon address – took advantage of the vulnerability ...

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Bar panel awards $39K to disappointed clients (access required)

In the most recent round of awards from the Clients’ Protection Fund of the Virginia State Bar, five former clients were paid $39,322.04 to reimburse them for unearned fees paid to Virginia lawyers. Two custody-dispute clients of now-suspended attorney Robert ...

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Proposed rule changes on civil testimony up for comment (access required)

The Virginia legal community is being asked to comment on three proposed rule changes that would affect testimony in civil litigation. One proposed amendment is aimed at curbing routine evidentiary objections during depositions while another would set ground rules for ...

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High court to consider insanity issues in home invasion case (access required)

The Supreme Court of Virginia has agreed to consider whether an involuntary intoxication defense is equivalent to an insanity defense in the case of a man who tortured a McLean lawyer and his wife in their home. Andrew Schmuhl contended ...

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Judge tosses Miller-Jenkins lawsuit for claim splitting (access required)

A Lynchburg federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit against Liberty University and its former law school dean saying the suit is essentially a duplicate of one filed in Vermont. The suit arises out of the prolonged child-custody tug-of-war between Janet ...

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Judge steps aside at boat death plea hearing (access required)

Surprising a courtroom full of spectators, a Lancaster County circuit judge announced he would recuse himself from the criminal case of a man accused of causing the death of a friend in a 2017 boating accident. John “Rand” Hooper was ...

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