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Sen. Joe Morrissey

May 29, 2021

Special powers: Lawyer-legislators pick judges, can stop cases with privilege

Virginia lawyers who serve in the General Assembly enjoy outsized powers and privileges in their interactions with the judges who rule on their cases. But any regulation would be impractical, many of them say. In Virginia, lawyer-legislators can have a major role in picking the judges who will decide their cases, since majority party caucuses […]

Feb 1, 2021

Assembly declines O’Berry reelection

Chesterfield County General District Judge Pamela O’Berry was passed over Jan. 26 as the General Assembly voted to reelect sitting trial judges to new terms. O’Berry had come under fire from citizens who said she often failed to show respect for courtroom participants. Sen. Joe Morrissey, a Democrat whose district includes part of Chesterfield County, […]

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