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LG candidates trade accusations

A debate between the two candidates for Virginia lieutenant governor turned negative right out of the gate tonight, with Democrat Jody Wagner accusing incumbent Republican Bill Bolling of being a frequent no show for government meetings.  Bolling returned fire with ...

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Counties fight back by seeking sanctions (access required)

Two Virginia counties are using the Virginia sanctions statute to bite back at litigants who filed legal actions against government officials. In Shenandoah County, the board of supervisors has accused a board candidate of misusing the court system for political ...

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Juror secrecy debated in Staunton

Panelists at an open government conference today took shots from opposing directions at a proposal for anonymous juries in Virginia. A judge and a criminal defense lawyer were critical of the plan to make juror information confidential, while a prosecutor ...

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Heaphy is sworn in as federal prosecutor

Freshly confirmed by the U.S. Senate, Tim Heaphy was sworn in this morning as U.S. attorney for the Western District of Virginia. Chief U.S. District Judge James P. Jones administered the oath of office at the Abingdon federal courthouse, according ...

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