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Move to decriminalize adultery fails (access required)

A proposal to decriminalize adultery in Virginia – even with paradoxical support from The Family Foundation – failed to make it out of a General Assembly committee Wednesday. The Senate Courts Committee voted 10-4 to pass by indefinitely the measure ...

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Cost could be obstacle for court records access (access required)

Proposals to require statewide search capability for Virginia trial court records may founder in the face of cost estimates that range from $1.3 million to $1.7 million. One measure intended to open up criminal court records to statewide searches is ...

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‘Felony creep’ reform advances (access required)

A state Senate committee has once again approved a proposal to increase the grand larceny threshold in Virginia law. Senate Bill 816 – as modified in a substitute measure – would change the felony benchmark from $200 to $500. The ...

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JMU officials found liable for handling ‘misconduct’ (access required)


A federal judge last month found two James Madison University officials liable for violations of the due process rights of a student suspended for five-and-a-half years after being accused of sexual misconduct. The judge concluded on summary judgment that the ...

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Ex-lawyer sentenced to 45 years for role in home invasion (access required)

A former Virginia lawyer was sentenced to 45 years in prison for helping her husband torment her former boss and his wife in their McLean home in 2014. The sentencing of Alecia Schmuhl again brought Leo Fisher and wife Sue ...

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Lawyer convicted in sexual battery cases (access required)

A Warrenton attorney has pleaded no contest to two counts of misdemeanor sexual battery after clients accused him of misconduct, court records show. Jud Fischel, 68, who has practiced in Fauquier County for four decades, was convicted Jan 20, records ...

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Hospitals gear up for fight over regulation (access required)


The 2017 General Assembly is expected to be a battleground for medical providers divided over the state’s tight regulation of medical start-ups. Some physicians say they should have the right to open a surgery center or other facility without having ...

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Assembly names new judges (access required)

The General Assembly elected five new trial court judges and a new workers’ compensation commissioner Wednesday. More new judges are expected to be named next month. Those elected just a week into the Assembly session, among the ranks of reappointed ...

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Legislators propose access to statewide court records (access required)


Two state legislators say court records kept by the Virginia Supreme Court’s administrative office should be searchable on a statewide basis. Their proposals for public access seek to change the court’s current policy of allowing online searches only on a ...

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Sub judge change nixed at Assembly (access required)

A proposal to have general district judges choose the substitute judges who serve in their courts has been tabled by a General Assembly subcommittee. The move leaves substitute judge appointment authority with chief judges of the circuit courts. Virginia Beach ...

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