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Voluntary sentencing guidelines assailed

Dear Editor: The article in your July 21, 1997, edition, “‘Voluntary’ Sentencing Rules Now the Standard,” missed the main point about Virginia’s Sentencing Guidelines, which is that they promote not “Truth in Sentencing,” but “Insanity in Sentencing.” Let us look ...

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Rule on disclosure of authority blasted

Dear Editor: I strongly dissent from Rule 3.2 of Part II of the proposed Model Rules of Professional Conduct, which will require a lawyer to disclose adverse authority if his opponent misses it. We are apparently switching from the adversarial ...

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Tax status of PCs clarified

Dear Editor: Thank you for your excellent coverage on the recently enacted legislation allowing solo practitioners to practice as PLLCs (“Solos now can form PLLCs,” Aug. 4, 1997). Your article correctly points out the practice flexibility a PLLC will bring ...

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Letters to the Editor

Indigent criminal accused need resources as well as counsel Dear Editor, Hallelujah!! Based on the exchange between Senator Gartlan and Delegate Albo there appears to be some sort of a debate between members of the General Assembly of our commonwealth ...

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Delegate questions pro bono proposal

Dear Editor: I read the June 23 article (“Mandatory pro bono proposed by senator) which states that my colleague in the General Assembly, Sen. Joe Gartlan, recommends that pro bono work be mandatory for attorneys. According to your article, Sen. ...

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Gilmore's CIT and Magistrate's performance

Gilmore’s CIT proposal should be taken seriously Dear Editor: I was a bit distressed by the flippancy in the May 5 “Hearsay” column regarding Attorney General Jim Gilmore’s serious proposal to appoint a cabinet-level Chief Information Technology Officer reporting to ...

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Keith backed for VSB president-elect Dear Editor: The Virginia State Bar is indeed fortunate to have men of the caliber of John Keith and Ben DiMuro who are willing to make the sacrifices necessary to run and serve in the ...

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DiMuro backed in VSB race

Dear Editor: Ben DiMuro not only has the experience and credentials to effectively serve as President of the Virginia State Bar, he has the strong desire to make our bar better internally, and better perceived externally. I served on the ...

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Lawyer strikes to protest appointed pay

Dear Editor: I am officially, indefinitely on the picket line. I will not take another state court-appointed case until the politicians and appellate judges pay me a fair compensation for court-appointed criminal defense work. I am proud to be a ...

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