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Lawyer accepts disbarment after lying in bankruptcy case (access required)

A Midlothian lawyer has consented to loss of his law license after being convicted of a felony charge that he made a false statement under oath in his bankruptcy case. James F. Sumpter, 69, admitted that he failed to disclose ...

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Lawyer in timeshare scheme agrees to disbarment (access required)

A Williamsburg lawyer who pleaded guilty to helping a scheme that used straw buyers to purchase unwanted timeshares has agreed to give up her law license. Deborah M. Wagner consented to revocation of her license before the Virginia State Bar ...

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774 pass July bar exam (access required)

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A total of 774 applicants passed the Virginia bar exam in July, according to information released by the Virginia Board of Bar Examiners. The pass rate was 73.09 percent, a three-year high, the VBBE said. Previous pass rates for the ...

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Comments requested on rule for special court dockets

The Supreme Court of Virginia is seeking comment on a second version of a proposed rule to govern creation of special court dockets. An earlier draft of the rule sparked concern that any expansion of special dockets – including so-called ...

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Free speech group objects to ‘group defamation’ ban (access required)

A First Amendment advocacy group is urging a federal judge to rule that a ban on “group defamation” for speakers at Charlottesville City Council meetings is unconstitutional. The Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection of Free Expression has asked U.S. ...

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Ex-prosecutor reprimanded for secret affair (access required)

The Virginia State Bar has reprimanded a former Georgia federal prosecutor with a Virginia law license for failing to disclose a five-year affair with a federal detective. Exposure of the relationship undermined the outcome of three criminal cases, according to ...

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Collections firm sued by apartment dwellers (access required)

Five apartment tenants have sued a Hampton law firm claiming violations of the federal Fair Debt Collection Practices Act. The suit in Charlottesville federal court claims Senex Law PC uses deceptive practices to collect on delinquent rent claims. The five ...

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Lawyer cleared of larceny charge (access required)

An Augusta County lawyer is free of a felony grand larceny charge after showing that a former client, not the lawyer, was responsible for phony pay records submitted in a personal injury claim, his attorney said. Prosecutors dropped the criminal ...

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