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Change comes fast at Chesterfield prosecutor’s office (access required)

Newly elected Chesterfield County Commonwealth’s Attorney Scott Miles has acted swiftly to make changes in the office. His opponent in the Nov. 5 special election, Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney John Childrey, said on Facebook that, as of Nov. 13, he was ...

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State gets default judgment against lender (access required)

Virginia government lawyers have obtained $20 million in debt forgiveness for pensioners who succumbed to a promise of quick cash with usurious loans offered by a now-defunct “pension sale” company. Hampton Circuit Judge Bonnie L. Jones tacked on nearly $32 ...

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Fee proposal for lawyer referral work advances (access required)


The proposal to charge lawyers a percentage fee for cases referred to them by the Virginia Lawyer Referral Service survived a “robust” debate before winning nearly unanimous approval by the Virginia State Bar Council. A package of proposed VLRS rule ...

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Sealing of criminal cases accidental, judge says (access required)

A recent short-term sealing of court records for several defendants in a federal racketeering prosecution was unintentional and quickly remedied, the chief judge for the Western District of Virginia said. The Danville Register & Bee reported Nov. 9 that an unknown ...

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Opposition emerges to regulation of court reporters (access required)

Not all court reporters are on board with a plan to seek state regulation of the profession in Virginia. An association of electronic reporters and a group of nearly 200 Virginia-based reporters and transcribers have announced their opposition to regulation ...

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At the forefront of legal ethics (access required)


Jim McCauley went from prosecuting unethical lawyers to trying to keep them from getting into trouble with the bar. For 23 years, he has led the office that offers free advice on ethics rules and opinions to Virginia lawyers. His ...

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4th Circuit to revisit habitual drunkard law (access required)

The full 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will reconsider a challenge to a Virginia law that allows police to arrest people designated as “habitual drunkards” if they are caught with alcohol. A three-judge 4th Circuit panel upheld the law ...

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