1) Judge Warren, the longest sitting judge in Virginia, is retiring. Judge Warren sat mainly in rural counties. Unlike a lot of "circuit" court judges in the modern world, Judge Warren actually rode his circuit and I used to appear before him in both Powhattan and Amelia counties.
2) Speculation that there will be more death eligible crimes under the new governor.
3) In some places the bad economy has led to more financial crimes.
4) Is it constitutional for a State agency to force an owner to lease his mineral rights, then allow the company to take its expenses out of the payments, and then have that same State agency hold the money in escrow rather than paying the owner?