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‘Revenge porn’ or evidence? Attorney-client privilege at issue in use of photo (access required)

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The Supreme Court of Virginia has been asked to decide whether a divorcing wife violated the state’s “revenge porn” law when she let her lawyer use secretly recorded nude images to question her husband’s girlfriend about adultery. The case marks ...

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Nominate an ‘unsung’ law firm staffer

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Virginia Lawyers Weekly is seeking nominations for its statewide awards program recognizing the Old Dominion’s most talented and dedicated legal support professionals. Now in its fourth year, the “Unsung Legal Heroes” awards honor law firm employees, other than lawyers, who ...

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Judge tags dentist $140K for deleting evidence (access required)

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In a court battle in which one dentist is suing another for defamation and for firing him, a circuit judge has ordered the defendant dentist to pay $140,554.65 in attorneys’ fees and costs for deleting digital records requested in discovery. ...

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Morrogh selected as JIRC counsel (access required)

Former Fairfax County Commonwealth’s Attorney Raymond F. Morrogh has been selected as counsel for the Judicial Inquiry and Review Commission. He was to join the commission staff in late September and become Commission Counsel upon the retirement of current counsel ...

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Senate confirms U.S. judge, one of Trump’s few Black judicial nominees (access required)

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With overwhelming bipartisan support, the U.S. Senate has confirmed Roderick C. Young, one of President Trump’s few Black judicial nominees. Young, a former federal prosecutor and a longtime magistrate judge in Richmond, was confirmed in a 93-2 vote on Sept. ...

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Back in business: Jury trials resume in state, federal courts (access required)

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With elaborate preparations, Virginia courts are holding jury trials again, even in the midst of the pandemic. Henrico County was first, holding jury selection in a two-day drug case on Sept. 15. But Stafford County and the U.S. District Court ...

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Assembly struggles with crim reform (access required)

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Criminal justice reforms being hammered out – and sometimes beaten down – at the midyear General Assembly session have the potential to affect criminal law practice across the state. Even proposals that meet defeat in the ongoing special session could ...

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Fairfax cruelty prosecutions questioned (access required)

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A Fairfax lawyer is questioning a promise by Commonwealth’s Attorney Steve Descano to continue prosecuting animal cruelty cases. On Aug. 19, WDVM-TV reported that the Fairfax commonwealth’s attorney’s office was no longer prosecuting animal misdemeanor charges and was cutting the ...

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