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Would-be scammer targets Loudoun law firms

A Loudoun County lawyer is warning of a new variation on the classic counterfeit check scam often tried on law firms. This scheme involves a live-and-in-person would-be client who claims to be owed a large sum of money for architectural ...

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Underwood, Platania among primary winners (access required)

After a primary victory over two challengers Tuesday, Norfolk Commonwealth’s Attorney Greg Underwood faces no known opposition for re-election in November. Underwood, seeking a third full four-year term, defeated challengers Ron Batliner and S.W. Dawson. Underwood’s most recent term was ...

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Congressman shot at baseball practice in Alexandria

WASHINGTON (AP) House Majority Whip Steve Scalise of Louisiana was shot Wednesday at a congressional baseball practice in Alexandria, officials said. His wounds were not believed to be life-threatening. Alexandria police said a suspect in the shooting was in custody. ...

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Carter, Janoschka honored by Roanoke Bar

Roanoke attorney Claude D. Carter was chosen to receive the 2017 Frank W. “Bo” Rogers Jr. Lifetime Achievement Award from the Roanoke Bar Association. Carter has practiced in Roanoke since 1959 and served as managing partner of the firm Martin, ...

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Rolling Stone to pay $1.65M in second settlement

(AP)  Rolling Stone agreed to pay $1.65 million to settle a defamation lawsuit filed by a University of Virginia fraternity over a debunked story about a rape on campus, the fraternity said Tuesday. The settlement closes the final chapter of ...

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Harvey is new president of Norfolk and Portsmouth Bar Association

James R. Harvey became the new president of the Norfolk and Portsmouth Bar Association at the group’s recent annual dinner. Harvey is a partner with the Norfolk office of Vandeventer Black. The NPBA is one of the largest bar associations ...

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Felony conviction survives court challenge (access required)

Even though a prosecutor and a judge agreed on a plan to render a misdemeanor conviction for a marijuana defendant, the man is stuck with a felony conviction after an appeal to the Supreme Court of Virginia. The case from ...

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State appeals new sentencing hearings for sniper Malvo

(AP) Virginia’s attorney general is appealing new sentencing hearings for convicted sniper Lee Boyd Malvo. Last month, U.S. District Judge Raymond Jackson ruled Malvo is entitled to new sentencing hearings in Fairfax and Spotsylvania counties because of a U.S. Supreme ...

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Judge dismisses politician’s request to depose rival

STAFFORD COUNTY (AP) A judge has rejected a Virginia Republican candidate for lieutenant governor’s request to have a rival deposed in a bitter fight over an anonymous email alleging an adulterous relationship. Retired Judge Charles E. Poston of Norfolk dismissed ...

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Police shooting case settles for $425K

NORFOLK (AP) A Virginia man who sued police after an officer shot him will get a settlement of $425,000. The Virginian-Pilot confirmed the settlement Thursday with Norfolk city attorney Bernard Pishko. The 34-year-old man who got shot is black. The ...

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