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This time next year… (access required)

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A push by Virginia prosecutors for additional money for handling body cam video recordings, combined with the burden of new criminal discovery rules, has led to a one-year delay in long-awaited criminal discovery reforms. Virginia Chief Justice Donald W. Lemons ...

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Garriott to lead VBA, other 2019 officers tapped (access required)

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WILLIAMSBURG—Virginia Beach lawyer Richard E. Garriott Jr. became the 131st president of the Virginia Bar Association at the group’s winter meeting Jan. 25. Garriott, who practices family law with Pender & Coward, is the first president in the VBA’s long ...

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A ‘special obligation’ to protect the rule of law (access required)

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By Richard E. Garriott Jr. Editor’s Note: Virginia Beach lawyer Rich Garriott became president of the Virginia Bar Association at the group’s winter meeting in Williamsburg Jan. 25. Below are his remarks after taking the oath of office. “The first ...

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‘Do the fair thing’ (access required)

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After an impassioned plea from a man who spent 33 years in a Virginia prison for a killing he did not commit, a state Senate committee on Jan. 23 gave the go-ahead for a procedure to let defendants challenge convictions ...

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Waiting period for suits by fed workers starts with complaint (access required)

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The 180-day waiting period for federal employees to file a discrimination lawsuit begins upon filing an initial complaint; not after each subsequent amendment, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled. In a matter of first impression, the court ...

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Online anonymity is not a shield from lawyers’ ethics (access required)

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Office water coolers used to be gathering places where people discussed current events and caught up on office gossip. But, like many other time-honored traditions, even water-cooler conversations have been affected by technology. Certainly these in-office discussions still occur, but ...

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