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Correction: Confederate Monument-Protest-Lawsuits story

In a story Oct. 12 about two lawsuits filed against white nationalists and other groups who descended on Charlottesville in August, The Associated Press erroneously reported a request in one of the lawsuits. The suit filed in federal court does ...

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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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Judge: Sheriff can fire deputy who supported opponent

ALEXANDRIA (AP) A federal judge has ruled that a northern Virginia sheriff was within his rights to fire a high-ranking deputy who supported an opposing candidate. Deputy Mark McCaffrey sued Loudoun County Sheriff Mike Chapman after he opted not to ...

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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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Security contractor settles over claims it bilked US in Iraq

RESTON (AP) An American contractor has agreed to pay $2.6 million after it was accused of employing unqualified security guards in Iraq. Federal law enforcement officials said in a statement Monday that the settlement was reached with Triple Canopy Inc., ...

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Rape allegation makes Muslim teen’s death a capital case

FAIRFAX (AP) An already disturbing case about a 17-year-old Muslim girl killed as she walked to her mosque took another unsettling turn after an indictment alleged the victim was raped as well. The indictment Monday includes capital murder and rape ...

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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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Parents’ outburst interrupts hearing in Muslim girl’s death

FAIRFAX (AP) Four months after a 17-year-old girl’s death rattled northern Virginia’s Muslim community, emotions remained raw as the girl’s mother disrupted a pretrial hearing by hurling a shoe at the man accused in her slaying. More than 200 family ...

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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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