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Prosecutor fired after dispute over succession

A Wise County prosecutor who sued to overturn the appointment of another as interim commonwealth’s attorney has been fired. Adrian Collins cried foul when former Commonwealth’s Attorney Ron Elkins designated his successor as Mike Abbott, despite a state statute calling ...

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Supreme Court overturns $14M auto crash verdict (access required)

A young driver severely injured in a single-car crash faced a second sharp reversal of fortune this month as the Supreme Court of Virginia took away his $14.14 million product liability jury verdict. The court ruled the injured man’s expert ...

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Prosecutor pursues bar complaint against Morrissey

The special prosecutor who gained a misdemeanor conviction last month against Del. Joseph D. Morrissey, D-Henrico, now is urging revocation of Morrissey’s license to practice law. Spotsylvania County Commonwealth’s Attorney William Neely said he was expecting to meet with prosecutors ...

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Process begins to fill U.S. attorney position

Virginia’s two U.S. Senators are taking applications for the U.S. attorney job for the Western District of Virginia. Sens. Mark Warner and Tim Kaine will recommend candidates to the president to fill the seat left vacant by Timothy Heaphy, who ...

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Judges clash on race factors in traffic stop case (access required)


A case once cited as evidence of Mexican drug cartels fueling U.S. drug trafficking is now provoking conflicting views among appellate judges about racial factors involved in police traffic stops. Three federal appeals court judges split in analyzing the possibility ...

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Virginia to launch U.S. Magna Carta observance

King John signing the Magna Carta, England, 1215

The document that inaugurated the concept of constitutional government eight centuries ago will get an international celebration this year, with a grand premiere in Williamsburg this month. A renowned British historian and an authoritative Virginia constitutional law professor will join ...

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Western District rules changes offered

Comments are being sought on proposed rules changes for the federal courts of the Western District, including a provision for party requesting attorneys’ fees to have the last word. The Local Rules Committee for the U.S. District Court for the ...

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Airport baggage train crash leads to $2M settlement

The family of a baggage train driver killed in a collision with a mobile lounge has settled its wrongful death claim against the operator of Dulles International Airport for $2 million. Lawyers for the family tell The Washington Post the ...

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