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Legislators working on fix for flawed restitution system (access required)


The system used to collect and disburse court-ordered restitution payments in Virginia is flawed, according to several legislators. Apart from the hundreds of millions of dollars in restitution that has not been paid by those who owe it, a Richmond-area ...

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Bills to expand DNA collection moving forward (access required)

DNA test tube data - FEA

Two bills to expand the collection of DNA from people convicted of certain misdemeanors are currently moving ahead in the General Assembly. While the ACLU of Virginia opposes the expansion, support for both bills in the House and Senate is ...

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Hands-free driving law dies in conference committee (access required)


Attempts to tighten regulation of cell phone use while driving in Virginia failed to pass the General Assembly this year. The Virginia Senate approved a broad prohibition on holding a phone while driving earlier in the session, amending a House ...

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Legislators interview judges, wait on money (access required)


With final judgeship spending still up in the air, Virginia lawmakers interviewed more judicial candidates than they had official openings as the 2018 General Assembly session neared an end. Twenty-one candidates exchanged pleasantries with senators and delegates Feb. 23, but ...

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A fine of $250K (access required)


In a case watched by numerous bankruptcy lawyers, a Virginia judge has fined a national bankruptcy firm $250,000 and revoked its privileges to practice in the Western District for five years. U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Paul M. Black also fined two ...

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DC lawyer keeps active license while in Virginia prison (access required)

Jail Cell Bars Prison FEA

Inmates file lawsuits all the time, sometimes attacking their convictions, sometimes complaining about prison conditions. Some are pretty good jailhouse lawyers. But a Virginia federal judge expressed surprise this month when he realized that the inmate plaintiff in a civil ...

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Deadline for clerks needed? (access required)


Collections lawyers say some Virginia court clerk’s offices are taking months to process paperwork, slowing down their practice. Staff shortages mean the problem could get worse, a court official warned, but legislators say they are looking to the courts for ...

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