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Court: No sentence enhancement despite defendant’s phony letter (access required)

Letter Handwriting Pen FEA

A judge who discovered that a letter of praise from the defen­dant’s Alcoholics Anonymous sponsor was bogus could not undo a lenient sentence for the defendant, who was convicted of stealing federal disability bene­fits. On April 12, an appeals court ...

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Two prosecutors honored by peers

The Virginia Association of Commonwealth’s Attorneys has honored two assistant prosecutors for their work. Loudoun County Senior Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Gigi Lawless is the 2016 recipient of the Virginia S. Duvall Distinguished Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court Prosecutor Award. ...

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Court to weigh job protection law for service members (access required)

The Supreme Court of Virginia will consider whether a federal law designed to protect civilian jobs for part-time military service members applies to state employees. The court has agreed to review the decision by a Chesterfield County judge who denied ...

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Jack of all trades (access required)

Jack FEA

Superlatives are easy to find when asking about the contribu­tions of Jack L. Harris to the Vir­ginia Trial Lawyers Association. “Stellar.” “Legend.” “A perfect fit for the job.” The accolades flow when you ask colleagues and co-workers about Har­ris and ...

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