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


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)


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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Prosecutor resigns after bar charges revealed (access required)

The chief deputy of the Augusta County commonwealth’s attorney’s office has resigned in the face of ethics charges unveiled last month by the Virginia State Bar. The charges against Joseph W. Lee III are based on allegations of misconduct raised ...

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