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

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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)

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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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Deadline for clerks needed? (access required)

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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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Distracted driver bill would close loophole (access required)

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In Virginia, it is currently legal for drivers to tweet or check Facebook while at the wheel. Current distracted driving laws have a loophole for the use of smartphone apps. When a distracted driving bill first passed in 2009, it only ...

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Wrongfully convicted may be getting legal fix (access required)

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People wrongly convicted in Virginia based on “bad science” may be getting a legal remedy. Some methods used to convict suspects, such as bite-mark evidence, hair follicle analysis and some forms of burn pattern evidence, have been outright discredited by ...

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Senate: Allow DWI at driver’s home (access required)

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In a bid to overturn a 2014 Virginia Supreme Court decision, the state Senate this month approved a proposal to allow intoxicated driving on one’s own residential property. Once thought dead, the bill sponsored by Sen. Richard H. Stuart, R-Montross, ...

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Court reporters welcome proposed regulation (access required)

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Virginia could take the first step in regulating court reporters this year. Court reporters could no longer make multi-case contracts with parties in a lawsuit if Senate Bill 545 passes the General Assembly. SB 545 passed the full Senate Feb. ...

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Controversial FOIA bill killed by its sponsor (access required)

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A controversial proposal to declare that the state judiciary is exempt from Virginia’s open government law was killed Feb. 7 by its own sponsor, who contended his bill was misunderstood. Sen. Richard H. Stuart, R-Montross, said he believed the courts ...

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Bill on plea deals nixing expungement moves forward (access required)

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Prosecutors could no longer cut a plea deal requiring a defendant to forego expungement of charges, under a bill passed by the Senate Feb. 1. Sen. Scott Surovell, D-Mount Vernon, sponsored Senate Bill 608. He said he proposed the legislation to ...

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