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Daughter of chief justice convicted of shoplifting (access required)

A retired judge has convicted the daughter of Virginia Chief Justice Leroy Rountree Hassell Sr. of shoplifting and imposed a suspended jail term of 30 days. Joanna L. Hassell, 18 and a student at the University of Virginia, was stopped ...

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Full 4th Circuit upholds Virginia’s partial-birth statute (access required)

A sharply divided 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the constitutionality of Virginia’s partial-birth abortion law last Wednesday. The 6-5 majority rejected the contention of the Richmond Medical Center for Women and a Richmond obstetrician that the act is ...

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Staunton lawyer named local bar leader of year (access required)

Rupen R. Shah, immediate past president of the Augusta County Bar Association, has been named Local Bar Leader of the Year by the Virginia State Bar’s Conference of Local Bar Associations. Shah, an assistant commonwealth’s attorney in Staunton, was honored ...

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Family of ex-sailor wins $1.2M in asbestos lawsuit (access required)

NEWPORT NEWS—The family of a retired Navy sailor who died of cancer triggered by asbestos fibers he inhaled on the job decades ago has won $1.2 million in its lawsuit against a ship-parts manufacturer. Gerald Gray died in April after ...

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Cohabitation clauses are not ’self-executing’ (access required)

Clauses that terminate spousal support when the supported spouse moves in with a partner are common in property settlement agreements. But such cohabitation clauses are not necessarily “self-executing,” as the Court of Appeals ruled last week in Stroud v. Stroud. ...

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Attorney General: Wrong man was convicted of 1984 rape (access required)

The Virginia attorney general’s office says a man’s conviction for a 1984 rape in Richmond should be vacated because of DNA evidence that implicates another man. In a filing with the Supreme Court of Virginia, the office agrees with a ...

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Virginia Tech newspaper sues over denied FOIA request (access required)

CHARLESTON, W.Va.—Virginia Tech’s student newspaper is suing the West Virginia State Police to obtain documents related to the investigation of a graduate student’s disappearance in September 1998. The lawsuit filed by Educational Media Co., operator of The Collegiate Times, seeks ...

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Deeds’ victory sets up rematch of ’05 AG race

A state senator and small-town lawyer pulled off a surprising win in Virginia’s Democratic primary for governor, besting a former legislative colleague and the well-funded Terry McAuliffe, the former chairman of the Democratic National Committee. Last Tuesday’s victory by Democrat ...

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Mall yanks ad after complaints from vets (access required)

FAIRFAX—A Northern Virginia mall has pulled an advertisement after complaints from Vietnam veterans. The ads for Tysons Corner Center were in Metro rail cars. They showed a woman in front of a reflective wall engraved with the names of the ...

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Deeds’ victory sets up rematch of ’05 AG race (access required)

A state senator and small-town lawyer pulled off a surprising win in Virginia’s Democratic primary for governor, besting a former legislative colleague and the well-funded Terry McAuliffe, the former chairman of the Democratic National Committee. Last Tuesday’s victory by Democrat ...

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