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Defense contractor guilty of fraud for defective armored vehicles (access required)

After a two week trial, a Danville federal jury this month convicted a former defense contractor of knowingly selling the military armored vehicles that lacked the required armor. William R. Whyte, 72, of Canada is scheduled to be sentenced Feb. ...

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Blood test ruling supports mother’s manslaughter conviction (access required)

In a decision welcomed by Virginia prosecutors, a panel of the state Court of Appeals has affirmed the DUI manslaughter conviction of a mother who caused a 2014 accident that killed her six-year-old son. The court said exigent circumstances allowed ...

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Jones – veteran Eastern shore prosecutor – to resign (access required)

Northampton County Commonwealth’s Attorney Bruce Jones says he will resign at the end of the year after 26 years in office. Jones submitted his resignation in an Oct. 12 letter to Northampton County supervisors chair Spencer Murray, according to the Eastern ...

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Lawyers could be asked for views on court reporters (access required)

The Virginia State Bar will be asked to take the measure of lawyers’ satisfaction with their court reporters. As a prelude to a possible study of court reporter regulation in Virginia, the Boyd-Graves Conference is recommending a review of lawyers’ ...

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Morrissey case leads to reprimand for family law attorney (access required)

The Virginia State Bar investigation into an alleged cover-up effort by lawyer and former politician Joe Morrissey has led to a public reprimand against a Richmond-area family law practitioner. Sherri Ann Thaxton of Henrico was found to have violated rules ...

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Four get top VSB ratings for federal judgeship (access required)

Four candidates – two lawyers and two federal judges – have received high marks from the Virginia State Bar in their applications for an Alexandria federal judgeship. The VSB and other statewide bar associations ranked as many as 15 candidates ...

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Virginia lawyer sentenced to 18 months for fraud (access required)

A Northern Virginia real estate lawyer is headed to federal prison for a year and a half after being convicted in a scam that dashed hopes for a major industrial project in a job-hungry region of east Kentucky. Daniel Goodwin ...

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