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Virginia judges will lose veto over unbiased party-agreed dismissals

Virginia judges -- at least some in Northern Virginia, Norfolk and Portsmouth courts -- have engaged in pushback of one sort or another after self-styled reformist chief prosecutors took office there. As a Fairax criminal lawyer, I am delighted to report that on October 21,...

Restorative justice must not get judicial hurdles- Fairfax lawyer comments

The November 2019 elections brought in new prosecutors in Fairfax County and three other Northern Virginia counties who presented themselves as reformers or progressives to one degree or another. As a Fairfax criminal lawyer, I support the effort of one county's chief prosecutor to eliminate...

Restorative justice programs- Fairfax criminal lawyer wants their expansion

Restorative justice (RJ) is an alternative dispute resolution approach that enables criminal cases to be resolved without convictions (and sometimes without even having formal court charges). As a Fairfax criminal lawyer, I know that with RJ the alleged victim and accused (the accused needs the...

D.C. Magistrate Judge Gretchen Rohr emphasizes compassion for all

Through the process of Justice in Balance, Judge Rohr for instance talks of developing circles of people from very different backgrounds and putting people at the center of the conversation, including those who have felt marginalized. May Judge Rohr's example of compassion and mindfulness...