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Lawyer who smuggled phone to inmate is disbarred (access required)

A Richmond lawyer sentenced to three months for conspiring to smuggle a cellphone and prescription drugs to a jail inmate has surrendered her law license. Dana Tapper pleaded guilty to three felonies on Aug. 2 in Prince George Circuit Court ...

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City attorney clashes with judge over foster cases (access required)

The Lynchburg city attorney has taken a juvenile and domestic relations judge to court over the judge’s insistence that city lawyers cover all foster care cases in his court. The city attorney is seeking a writ of prohibition arguing the ...

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Davis to retire as VSB’s top prosecutor (access required)

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Virginia State Bar Counsel Edward L. “Ned” Davis is retiring this year after 25 years of prosecuting wayward lawyers. With about 30 years as a state employee, Davis, 65, said the time is right to step aside and spend more ...

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Judge bars prosecution experts in death penalty trial (access required)

Prosecutors who missed a deadline for identification of expert testimony in a death penalty case have been barred from using any experts at the trial of a man accused of killing his wife and a rookie police officer. Prince William ...

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Judge blasts patent lawyer, orders $1M payment (access required)

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An Alexandria federal judge pointedly condemned the “dishonesty” of a patent lawyer who profited from licensing a company’s patent portfolio while keeping the company in the dark about his activities. U.S. District Judge Liam O’Grady said Erik Cherdak’s “character for ...

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Herring nixes prosecutor’s plan to cut his own salary (access required)

Virginia Attorney General Mark R. Herring has thrown cold water on a plan by the commonwealth’s attorney of Greene County to cut his salary nearly in half. Matthew D. Hardin hoped to turn the county commonwealth’s attorney position into a ...

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Client: Lawyer sought to trade sex for fees (access required)

A Winchester lawyer has been accused in court of seeking sexual favors from a client in exchange for a discount on her fee. The female client told a judge Sept. 10 that lawyer Howard J. Manheimer groped her and said ...

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Retained urnings (access required)

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A Roanoke woman says the funeral home that handled her husband’s remains ignored its promise to give separate ash urns to estranged family members. She claims in a lawsuit that the home gave both urns to a stepdaughter who now ...

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