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  1. Andrew A. Protogyrou – 2014 Super Lawyers

    June 19, 2014 by Christy

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    Andrew A. Protogyrou is listed in the 2014 Super Lawyers Magazine for Personal Injury General: Defense. This annual list compiles the nation’s top attorneys

    nominated by their peers for excellence in practice.

    This publisher considers the attorneys listed as the go-to attorneys in

    litigation.


  2. Maury High School prom king graduates amid controversy

    by Christy

    A Maury High School student who was charged with 19 felonies in connection with a shooting graduated with honors Tuesday night.

    The student played football at Maury High School was released from jail and voted prom king by the senior class. A school board member said the board would be reviewing policies in light of the incident.

    The charges were related to a shooting May 14 around 6 p.m. when emergency communications received a 911 call for a gunshot victim in the 2400 block of Lafayette Boulevard. Norfolk Police Department said officers found a juvenile male victim with an injury that was not life-threatening. Paramedics transported him to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital for treatment.

    An investigation revealed the victim had been standing in the area with a juvenile male acquaintance when the suspects drove by in a 2004 Silver Buick Century along with a 3-year-old child. Witnesses told police the vehicle, passed the block several times before one of the male juveniles inside displayed a gun and shot in the direction of a residence.

    The student from Maury drove the vehicle away from the scene and an alert was released to officers with the description of the vehicle. Police stopped the group at Onley and Whitaker Lane, discovered weapons, and detained the suspects.

    According to the Norfolk Commonwealth’s Attorney’s office, two suspects were also charged and remain incarcerated. The Maury student was charged with 19 felonies, including eight counts of use of a firearm, six counts of attempted malicious wounding, two counts of malicious wounding, one count of conspiracy, one count of gang participation, and one count of child endangerment.

    The student’s lawyer, Norfolk City Councilman Andrew Protogyrou, said he heard his client tried to stop the shooter. He also said his client was not a threat to the school community.

    “He was not only judged not a threat to the school community, he was judged not a threat to the community as a whole because the court had to make such an understanding in its finding to release him on bail,” Protogyrou said.

    According to a school board policy posted online, “Students are subject to viagra sans ordonnance corrective action for any misconduct that occurs … off school property, when the acts lead to a charge that would be a felony, if committed by an adult.”

    Norfolk City Public Schools would not comment on this story.

    Protogyrou said Norfolk School Board Chairman who is his client’s pastor, testified on his behalf at his bond hearing.

    A family member said the student is an innocent child who just gave someone a ride. He is due back in court on June 30.

    Read the full article here.


  3. Maury student charged in shooting, named prom king

    June 9, 2014 by Christy

    On May 23, a Maury High School senior partied with his classmates at the Half Moon Cruise and Celebration Center and was thrilled when they voted him prom king.

    The day before, he had been confined in the City Jail. The senior spent a week in jail after being arrested in connection with a shooting of a teenager that police believe was gang-related. Police charged the student, who is 18, and three others with more than two dozen felonies. His attorney says he is innocent.

    The high school student’s future football career is now in jeopardy. Norfolk State University says a football scholarship they gave him is on hold.

    But it’s likely that the student will get to attend at least one more special high school event: his graduation.

    That’s because Norfolk’s conduct policy says that students with felony charges may be allowed to return to school and attend activities such as prom. Students also can graduate as long as they are eligible.

    Maury’s PTA president, said the policy needs to be reviewed. She was shocked to learn that the student was allowed to return to school, given the allegations of gang activity.

    Norfolk School Board Chairman said on Friday he understands parents’ concerns about safety and

    plans to recommend that the board review the division’s conduct policy.

    A school spokeswoman, said safety is a top priority when administrators review cases in which students are charged or convicted of felonies. Four school security officers and four off-duty, uniformed Norfolk police officers attended the prom, she said.

    According to court documents, the student was arrested May 15 in connection with a drive-by shooting of a teenager in the 2400 block of Lafayette Blvd.

    On May 14, the student was allegedly driving a Buick Century with three other teens and a 3-year-old child when a man inside fired toward a house about 6 p.m. A teenager who was not the intended target was hospitalized, according to police and court records.

    Police stopped

    the Buick, seized weapons and arrested four suspects from the vehicle.

    The Maury high school student was charged with two counts of malicious wounding, six counts of attempted malicious wounding, six counts of felonious use of a firearm, gang participation, child endangerment and conspiracy to commit malicious wounding, according to buy levitra london court records.

    Chief Judge of Norfolk General District Court granted the student a $25,000 bond May 22.

    Andy Protogyrou, the student’s attorney and also a Norfolk City Council member, said he asked Norfolk School Board Chairman, as the student’s pastor, as well as the teenager’s mother, brother and two of his Maury coaches to attend the hearing.

    Protogyrou said he has “very favorable evidence in defense of the charges.” His client never had a weapon, and although he was driving the car, “when he saw a weapon, he tried to get it from the shooter’s hand,” Protogyrou said Friday. “And there’s also evidence that he may have been threatened himself.”

    Court documents state that a co-defendant is a enrolled as a student at Granby High. A magistrate noted that, “Rivalry still exists between the 2 gangs, also the target of the shooting wasn’t shot.”

    Protogyrou said the student attended his prom with an adult male family member.

    Maury’s PTA president said school officials should consider alternative school placements until students with criminal charges have had their cases resolved in court.

    A preliminary hearing is scheduled forJune 30.

    A former Norfolk teacher and president of the Middle Towne Arch at Broad Creek civic league, said he has known Protogyrou’s client and his mother for years. “He’s a very kindhearted person,” he said. “He’s always willing to do favors and stuff. I think he just made a mistake. He was doing a favor for the wrong folks.”

    An assistant athletic director at Norfolk State, said the Maury student’s scholarship offer “is on hold pending the judicial process.” NSU plans to “wait and see how it plays out,” he said.

    Read the full article here.


  4. Norfolk council to School Board: Save Maury High

    June 2, 2014 by Christy

    Norfolk School

    Board backed off a vote to replace the aging Maury High School. A majority of Norfolk City Council members say they were surprised by the plans to replace the school and believe it should be preserved.

    Mayor Paul Fraim said when he first learned about the plans, he was dismayed that they were considering anything but renovating Maury.

    Councilwoman Theresa Whibley, a former School Board member, said the plans caught her off guard and that she supports renovation.

    Councilman Barclay Winn said he was “totally blindsided” by the attempted vote.

    Council members Andy Protogyrou, Tommy Smigiel and Paul Riddick also support renovation.

    The City Council appoints School Board members and provides funding for school construction, ultimately the council would have to sign off on any replacement or major renovation. Maury, which opened in 1910, is the oldest high school still in use in South Hampton Roads.

    The school division said it spends up to $80,000 a year to inspect and stabilize the school. Fixing the crumbling exterior walls would cost more than $6 million. A consultant told the board on May 14 that it would cost $52 million to renovate and that a new school, priced at $73 million, would likely last longer. Board members favored replacement, citing the longer life span, and they almost voted on the matter during that meeting but agreed to put off the vote until their regular meeting May 21. On May 21, the board removed the Maury vote from the agenda.

    Maury alumnus Evans Poston, who is also the city’s commissioner of revenue, said he was shocked to hear about the plans. “I’m hearing lots of outrage about the perceived lack of transparency,” he said. “I’ve seen firsthand how much people love that building, love that school, love the tradition of being from Maury High.”

    Read the full article here.