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Foster joins race for GOP Attorney General nod (access required)

Dave Foster, a Washington lawyer and former Arlington School Board chairman, has formally joined what is an increasingly crowded field for the Republican nomination for Virginia attorney general. State Sen. Ken Cuccinelli, R-Fairfax, and former U.S. Attorney John Brownlee of ...

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Boors or bigots: the issue is on remand in Title VII case (access required)

A female air traffic controller gets another chance to prove her Title VII “hostile environment” claim in Alexandria federal court. The Alexandria court pulled the trigger a little too fast when it granted summary judgment to the employer after refusing ...

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Ex-lawyer Conrad gets 11 years (access required)

Brushing aside pleas for leniency, U.S. District Judge Claude M. Hilton this month ordered an 11-year prison sentence for a former Woodbridge lawyer blamed for stealing more than $4 million from clients and others in a “broad criminal enterprise” over ...

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LEO on guardian’s duties seeks to answer legislative concerns (access required)

A new Legal Ethics Opinion from the Virginia State Bar lays out the ethical duties of a guardian ad litem to report suspected child abuse or neglect. The LEO is a response to an effort in the 2008 General Assembly ...

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Man sentenced for attack in Albemarle courtroom (access required)

CHARLOTTESVILLE—A Fluvanna man accused of attacking a witness in a courtroom has pleaded guilty to assault and battery and threatening a witness. Mark Wayne Shifflett was sentenced last week to 12 months on each charge after entering his plea. Albemarle ...

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Scientist pleads guilty to tech sales to China (access required)

NORFOLK—A Virginia scientist pleaded guilty last week to selling rocket technology to China and bribing Chinese officials to secure a lucrative contract for his high-tech company. Quan-Sheng Shu, 68, pleaded guilty to two counts of violating the federal Arms Control ...

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ICE rejects training for Fairfax deputies (access required)

FAIRFAX—Fairfax County’s sheriff says federal immigration authorities have denied his bid to enroll deputies in a program that trains local officers to detain criminal illegal immigrants. Sheriff Stan Barry says the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement told him last month ...

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Justice takes over challenge to late military absentee votes (access required)

The U.S. Justice Department replaced John McCain’s presidential campaign last week as the plaintiff in a lawsuit demanding that Virginia election officials count late absentee ballots from military personnel serving outside the state. U.S. District Judge Richard L. Williams ruled ...

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Lobbyist spending available on public access project (access required)

Lobbyists’ activities and spending in Virginia are now available online in a database based on annual disclosure documents. The database was created by the nonpartisan Virginia Public Access Project and can be accessed on the group’s campaign finance Web site, ...

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Court of Appeals to hear actual innocence writ (access required)

The Virginia Court of Appeals has decided to hear oral arguments in a former Navy SEAL trainee’s bid to be exonerated after spending 13 years in prison for a murder he claims he didn’t commit. Dustin Turner is seeking a ...

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