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Virginia death row inmate gets hearing on witness statements

(AP) A federal appeals court has ordered a lower court to hold a hearing on a Virginia death row inmate’s claim that prosecutors failed to turn over evidence favorable to him. Anthony Juniper was sentenced to death for the 2004 ...

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Reynolds named bankruptcy clerk (access required)

Alexandria bankruptcy court staffer James W. Reynolds has been selected to succeed John W. L. Craig II as clerk of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Virginia. Announcement of Reynolds’ selection was made Nov. 17 by Chief ...

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Lawyer kept client money in desk drawer (access required)

A lawyer’s locked desk drawer served as his “trust account” for several years, according to a Virginia State Bar disciplinary determination. The lawyer – George H. Edwards of Chesterfield – last month accepted a public reprimand with terms for violations ...

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Court-related phone scams continue

Federal officials say scammers may take advantage of the holiday season to steal your money. The U.S. marshals are alerting the public of several nationwide imposter scams involving individuals claiming to be U.S. marshals, court officers or other law enforcement ...

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Review: Poor communication hampered Charlottesville response

(AP) A review commissioned by Virginia officials found poor communication between state and local responders during a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville led to confusion about the “rules of engagement” with protesters. The International Association of Chiefs of Police conducted ...

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Marathon winners disqualified for using agent tied to doping

(AP) Marathon winners in Virginia have been stripped of their titles. Officials said they were managed by a Russian sports agent who was banned from participating in the races — and many others — over doping concerns. The Richmond Times-Dispatch ...

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Branscom among early judicial interviews (access required)

Botetourt County Commonwealth’s Attorney Joel R. Branscom may have a smooth path to a circuit court judgeship. He is only non-incumbent judge on a list of candidates up for interviews before the General Assembly courts committees on Dec. 8. The ...

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VSB revokes lawyer convicted in Medicaid fraud case (access required)

A Virginia-licensed lawyer who served as corporate counsel for a Florida health care company agreed to give up his law license after his guilty plea in a Medicaid fraud investigation. Thaddeus M.S. Bereday admitted to making a false statement to ...

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Bond security company fights back against oversight agency (access required)

An Augusta County-based business that facilitates bond for immigrant detainees by renting GPS ankle bracelets is suing a federal agency over what it calls “nefarious tactics” in an investigation. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau issued a civil investigative demand to ...

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Supreme Court takes a technological step forward

WASHINGTON (AP) Surely but slowly, the Supreme Court is entering the 21st century. The court is making new legal filings available online starting Monday, years behind the rest of the federal court system. Can livestreamed audio of arguments and even ...

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