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No-contact rule: Court rejects proposed looser standard for talking to adversary’s employees (access required)

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The Supreme Court of Virginia has tightened the ethical boundaries for lawyers investigating possible litigation claims. The change puts Virginia more in line with other states and federal courts for what’s referred to as the “no-contact rule.” The justices balked ...

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Charge dismissed for inadvertent ‘Brady’ violation (access required)

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Even though late disclosure of favorable evidence was an inadvertent oversight by prosecutors, a federal judge says the omission constituted suppression of Brady material that required dismissal of a firearm-related charge against an accused drug kingpin. The recently disclosed video ...

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Justice reform 2021: Assembly poised to erase mandatory minimums (access required)

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When the 2021 Virginia General Assembly opens on Jan. 13, criminal justice reform, a major issue in last year’s session, will be back front and center. A group of progressive Virginia prosecutors has united behind a five-point agenda for the ...

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