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Lawyer who snitched on his client gets reprimand (access required)

A lawyer who represented another lawyer facing a drug investigation, and who then gave authorities damaging information about the client lawyer, has agreed to accept a public reprimand from the Virginia State Bar. The accusation against attorney Anthony E. Collins ...

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Former death row inmate granted parole

(AP) A Virginia death row inmate who had his sentence commuted to life in prison more than two decades ago has been granted parole. The  Virginia State Parole Board on Monday approved Joseph Giarratano for release, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reported. Board ...

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Court records bill filed on first prefiling day (access required)

A bill to make comprehensive Virginia circuit court data open to public search was among the first pieces of legislation introduced for the 2018 General Assembly session. House Bill 4 would require the case management system run by the Supreme ...

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Killer gets life sentence in family slayings

CHESAPEAKE (AP) A Virginia man who admitted to killing his father and brother and seriously injuring his mother has been sentenced to life in prison. Circuit Judge Randall Smith handed down two life sentences plus 23 years to 21-year-old Zachary ...

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House GOP elects its leadership team

(AP) Republicans in Virginia’s House of Delegates have elected their leadership team and choice for speaker, all while Democrats still hope recounts can flip the chamber from GOP control. As expected, House Republicans on Sunday nominated Majority Leader Kirk Cox ...

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Judge refuses to add absentee ballots to House vote

(AP) A federal judge has refused to order that 55 absentee ballots be counted in the election of a member of the Virginia House of Delegates. The Washington Post reports Judge Claude Hilton said Friday in Alexandria that while the ballots ...

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Ex-banker in Virginia sentenced in $3 million fraud

ALEXANDRIA (AP) A former Virginia bank executive has been sentenced to more than six years in prison for an identity theft and fraud scheme that netted more than $3 million. Prosecutors say in a news release that 39-year-old Kirk Marsh ...

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Rolling Stone slams defamation claim in campus rape story

(AP) Rolling Stone is defending itself against a defamation lawsuit over a discredited article about a University of Virginia gang rape by arguing that members of a school fraternity knew about discrepancies in the woman’s claims weeks before the article ...

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Waldo named to ALI (access required)

The American Law Institute has elected Norfolk attorney Joseph T. Waldo as a member as it embarks on a major study of property law in America. Waldo is the only Virginia lawyer among 37 new members selected by the ALI. ...

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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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