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Attorney: Child cruelty case against lawmaker to be dropped

SUFFOLK (AP) An attorney says prosecutors will drop domestic violence charges against a state lawmaker. A trial was scheduled to begin Wednesday for Del. Rick Morris. The 48-year-old was accused of harming his stepson at home last year. Charges filed ...

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Scholarship to honor Grey

Hunton & Williams is creating a scholarship – named after Richmond attorney Robert Grey – to encourage students of diverse backgrounds to pursue legal careers. The firm’s scholarship was announced August 11 at the 100th anniversary celebration of the American Bar ...

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Protection Fund pays $66K to victims of dishonest lawyers (access required)

The Virginia State Bar program that reimburses victims of dishonest lawyers has awarded $66,392.99 in a recent round of payment approvals. Of that amount, $55,281.24 is being paid to victims of former Woodbridge attorney Jean Jerome Dandy Ngando Ekwalla. One ...

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Bar seeks expedited action against Winchester lawyer (access required)

Virginia State Bar prosecutors say a Winchester lawyer who allegedly missed eight court appearances and ignored license suspensions poses an imminent danger to the public. The Bar Counsel’s office has petitioned the VSB Disciplinary Board for an expedited hearing on ...

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Office worker gets 3.5 years for poisoning coffee

LEESBURG (AP) A Virginia woman has been sentenced to more than three years in prison for poisoning her coworkers’ coffee with Windex and dish soap. Loudoun County Commonwealth’s Attorney Jim Plowman announced the sentence Thursday for 33-year-old Mayda Rivera Juarez ...

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Lemons seeks views on lawyer well-being report

Virginia Supreme Court Chief Justice Donald W. Lemons is asking for comments on a recently published 73-page report on recommendations for lawyer well-being. Lemons served on the multi-faceted task force that produced the report, having been appointed as liaison from ...

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Former prosecutor appointed to car attack case (access required)

Former Albemarle County Commonwealth’s Attorney Denise Y. Lunsford has been appointed to represent the man accused of a deadly car attack in Charlottesville Saturday. Lunsford will take the place of Charles L. “Buddy” Weber, the lawyer first appointed for defendant ...

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Family settles with PETA over death of girl’s dog

NORFOLK (AP) A family has settled a lawsuit against the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals for taking a girl’s unattended dog and euthanizing it, ending an attempt to effectively put PETA on trial for euthanizing hundreds of animals ...

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Maryland judge denies DC sniper Malvo’s bid for new sentence

(AP) Lee Boyd Malvo, who as a teenager participated in the sniper attacks that killed 10 people and terrorized the Washington region, will not get a new sentence in Maryland, a judge said in a ruling released Wednesday. Malvo’s attorneys ...

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VSB president issues statement on Charlottesville

Doris Henderson Causey, president of the Virginia State Bar, released the following statement Aug. 15 about the events in Charlottesville this past weekend: As Nelson Mandela wrote, “No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, ...

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