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‘Hot tub’ lawyer sanctioned by federal judge

A lawyer trying to locate evidence to bolster his lending fraud case stepped over the line when he met with a witness that he knew was represented by counsel in a related matter, a federal judge has ruled. The evidence ...

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Williamsburg patent lawyer charged with UPL

A Williamsburg grand jury has returned an indictment charging patent attorney Bambi Walters with practicing law without a license, according to the local prosecutor. Williamsburg/James City County Commonwealth’s Attorney Nate Green said the charge resulted from a Virginia State Bar ...

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‘Writ of injunction’ fails to impress judge

An Augusta County man facing eviction from his foreclosed home brandished a novel legal weapon to try to halt the proceedings, to no avail. Daniel Taylor, who counts himself part of the “sovereign citizen” movement, told Circuit Judge Victor Ludwig ...

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Search by police posing as home buyers was not illegal (access required)

The Court of Appeals of Virginia refused to overturn a felon-in-possession conviction of a Shenandoah County man where police confirmed the presence of guns and ammo by pretending to be home buyers taking a tour of the house. Authorities got ...

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Sweet Stakes: Video sweepstakes games draw attention of prosecutors, legislators (access required)

Virginia prosecutors are looking for guidance from both judges and legislators as they face a proliferation of video sweepstakes games that some claim are illegal under the state’s gambling laws. While game operators contend they are in a “safe harbor” ...

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Fireworks verdict is $4.75 million

A Fairfax County jury returned a $4.75-million verdict Friday for a county woman who suffered brain damage and other injuries when a wayward rocket exploded next to her in 2007. The verdict comes in a suit filed by Kathryn Hollis ...

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Charge against Franklin County sheriff is dismissed

The one misdemeanor charge that emerged from a special grand jury investigation of the Franklin County sheriff’s office now has been dismissed on the motion of a special prosecutor. The grand jury investigation produced a report critical of management at ...

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