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Demleitner to step aside as W&L law school dean

After three years in the job, Nora V. Demleitner will step down this summer as dean of the Washington & Lee law school. The announcement came Tuesday, just two weeks after the school announced an austerity plan that would cut ...

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House defeats death penalty secrecy bill

(AP) The Virginia House of Delegates has defeated legislation that would allow companies providing drugs for lethal-injection executions to keep their identities and the drugs’ components secret. Supporters said the provision was necessary because the state is running out of ...

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Lawyer has busy day on both sides of 9th Street

One Fairfax litigator had what might be viewed as a banner day in Richmond Monday. Tina L. Snee argued an appeal before the Supreme Court of Virginia in the morning and interviewed with legislators for a general district judgeship in ...

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Legislators look for judge money as session nears end

Virginia trial courts will get 402 funded judgeships this year, and possibly more, as financial pressures have eased somewhat at Capitol Square. Budget conferees agreed to the 402 judgeship number Monday as part of a two-year budget being released today. ...

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Judge allows state to intervene in pipeline lawsuit

HARRISONBURG (AP) A federal judge has allowed the state to intervene in a Virginia lawsuit challenging Dominion Resources’ right to survey private property for a proposed pipeline. The lawsuit filed by Churchville residents William Little II and Wendy Little says ...

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Morrissey to get law office items back

(AP) After a tumultuous two-hour hearing, jailed Virginia lawmaker Joseph Morrissey left court Monday with the assurance that prosecutors will soon return office equipment and copies of files seized from his office last month in an investigation that led to ...

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State Senate defeats measure aimed at attorney general

(AP) The Virginia Senate has narrowly defeated a measure aimed at forcing the state attorney general to defend state laws when they are challenged. The bill, sponsored by Del. Brenda Pogge, a Republican from James City County, was prompted by ...

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Morrissey seeks office items seized in raid

(AP) A Virginia lawmaker charged with forgery and perjury wants authorities to return materials seized from his law office. Del. Joe Morrissey’s motion to have the items returned will be heard today (Monday) in Henrico County Circuit Court. Morrissey says ...

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Maureen McDonnell sentenced to 12 months plus 1 day

(AP) Former Virginia first lady Maureen McDonnell was sentenced Friday to one year and 1 day in prison for her role in a bribery scheme that destroyed her husband’s political career. U.S. District Judge James Spencer sentenced McDonnell on eight ...

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Assembly planning for new judges (access required)

The General Assembly courts committees are set to interview 45 candidates for 42 trial court judgeships Monday. Nine of the prospective judges are in line for newly funded bench seats. The Assembly has allowed a number of vacant judgeships to ...

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