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Robelen named as Supreme Court clerk (access required)

The Supreme Court of Virginia will elevate its chief deputy clerk to the clerk’s position next year. Douglas B. Robelen will succeed Clerk Patricia L. Harrington when she retires effective Feb. 1, the court announced Sept. 19. Robelen and Harrington ...

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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)


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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