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McDonnell names three as circuit judges

Governor Bob McDonnell has appointed judges to fill three of six vacant circuit court positions that were not filled by the 2013 General Assembly. Thursday, McDonnell announced the appointments of Suffolk assistant commonwealth’s attorney Robert R. Sandwich Jr. in the ...

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Judge allows new lawyer for death penalty case

Despite opposition from the commonwealth’s attorney, Circuit Judge W. Allan Sharrett has allowed a non-Virginia lawyer as part of the defense team for a Colonial Heights man facing the death penalty. Joseph W. Vigneri is an experienced capital defender with ...

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Pistol permit privacy is retroactive, AG says

A new privacy law to protect the identities of Virginians seeking concealed handgun permits covers past applicants as well as new applicants, according to Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli. Circuit court clerks, who maintain records of CHPs in Virginia, must “withhold ...

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Judges, sheriffs share duty of court security, AG says

Virginia law requires circuit judges and local sheriffs to collaborate on establishing and maintaining courthouse security, according to an official opinion of Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli. The July 12 opinion acknowledges court decisions giving judges “inherent authority” to regulate court ...

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