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Suit against Saltville police officer advances

A federal judge has denied a motion to dismiss civil claims against a police officer involved in a Saltville incident that started with a speeding ticket and ended with a whole family going to jail. U.S. District Judge James P. ...

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AG would get new powers to look at nursing home abuse (access required)

A bill sailing through the General Assembly would expand the attorney general’s power to investigate nursing home abuse and neglect, even in cases where the patient does not receive government assistance. Currently under Virginia law, state investigators can subpoena only ...

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Beware of phony checks at closing (access required)

Scammers continue to target lawyers in Virginia and elsewhere with schemes involving counterfeit checks. The latest warning comes from leaders of the real estate bar who warn of phony checks being offered for real estate closings. The attempts at real ...

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Former prosecutor says that the feds set him up (access required)

A Winchester lawyer and former prosecutor accused of drug use and evidence tampering has taken the offensive in his case, claiming he is a victim of prosecutorial misconduct. Paul H. Thomson has asked a judge to dismiss the indictment and ...

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Common ground sought on foreclosure reform (access required)

Bankers and consumer advocates were negotiating last week to see if a deal might produce some form of foreclosure reform in this year’s General Assembly. Foreclosure reform bills foundered in the House of Delegates just days after a diverse group ...

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House bill would undo Hernandez decision

Legislation at the General Assembly would take away the newfound authority of Virginia courts to defer and dismiss criminal charges in any case, even when the evidence would support conviction. House Bill 2513 introduced by Del. C. Todd Gilbert, R-Woodstock, ...

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