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Courts differ on marijuana suspension law (access required)


Some lawyers are encountering clouds of confusion about whether the state’s automatic license suspension for some first-offense marijuana offenders is still in effect. Virginia judges are said to be taking different approaches to whether the marijuana offenders must have their ...

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VSB again takes aim at Avvo (access required)

The Virginia State Bar’s Standing Committee on Legal Ethics has revived its effort to discourage Virginia lawyers from participating in Avvo Legal Services. Avvo advertises limited-scope legal services from Virginia attorneys for fixed legal fees to be paid in advance. ...

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Four get top VSB rating for federal judgeship (access required)

VSB resp

Four candidates – two lawyers and two federal judges – have received high marks from the Virginia State Bar in their applications for an Alexandria federal judgeship. The VSB and other statewide bar associations ranked as many as 15 candidates ...

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Government strikes out with RICO gang charges (access required)

A federal racketeering case against four alleged members of the Mad Stone Bloods prison gang fell short in a month-long jury trial. Jurors failed to agree on RICO charges against three of the defendants. The fourth defendant was acquitted of ...

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Lawyer gets reprimand amid backlog of deeds (access required)

A Virginia Beach trusts and estates lawyer has been publicly reprimanded for allowing a poorly supervised staffer to accumulate a two-year stack of 94 unrecorded deeds at his office. The delays in getting the deeds properly recorded affected 46 clients ...

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Wedding in Washington, marriage not valid in Va. (access required)

Marriage License

A Virginia couple that exchanged their vows on the other side of the Potomac River has learned that their marriage is invalid under Virginia law. Although the pair obtained a marriage license in Virginia, they took part in a wedding ...

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Patient’s shooting at hospital brings odd lawsuits (access required)

Emergency ER Hospital FEA

The 2016 shooting of a psychiatric patient by a Lynchburg hospital security guard has produced two lawsuits based on unusual claims, neither one targeting the guard who actually fired the shots. One lawsuit – filed Oct. 13 – complains that ...

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Defense contractor guilty of fraud for defective armored vehicles (access required)

After a two week trial, a Danville federal jury this month convicted a former defense contractor of knowingly selling the military armored vehicles that lacked the required armor. William R. Whyte, 72, of Canada is scheduled to be sentenced Feb. ...

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Blood test ruling supports mother’s manslaughter conviction (access required)

In a decision welcomed by Virginia prosecutors, a panel of the state Court of Appeals has affirmed the DUI manslaughter conviction of a mother who caused a 2014 accident that killed her six-year-old son. The court said exigent circumstances allowed ...

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