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Trial against Tech officials delayed

A discovery dispute has led a judge to split the claims in the two $10-million wrongful death lawsuits arising from the 2007 Virginia Tech shootings, according to lawyers in the case. Two sets of allegations were included in the lawsuits ...

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Lawyer ‘ineffective’ on appeal right

Talking with a convicted client’s kinfolk does not satisfy a criminal defense lawyer’s duty to consult about a possible appeal. Although a trial court signed off on the lawyer’s efforts, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reversed the lower ...

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Louisa courthouse survives earthquake

Encased in scaffolding for its latest round of roof repairs, the 106-year-old Louisa County courthouse came through Tuesday’s earthquake with no significant damage, reports circuit court Clerk Susan Hopkins. Other than some plaster cracks in the courtroom, “everything here is ...

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Lawyers across Virginia react to earthquake

There was whole lot of shakin’ going on in law offices around Virginia at 1:51 p.m. A 5.8 magnitude earthquake hit then and sent some lawyers and staff scurrying from their offices into the street in many locations. Most apparently ...

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