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Griffith endorsed by 2 bar groups for J&DR vacancy

Roanoke area lawyers are united behind Salem attorney Hilary D. Griffith for a seat on the juvenile and domestic relations bench. Griffith, wife of U.S. Rep. Morgan Griffith, won the endorsement of the Roanoke Bar Association Tuesday for the seat ...

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Judge gets community backing for new term

A Williamsburg general district judge facing low numbers on a performance survey has received strong support from community leaders in her bid for another term on the bench. Commonwealth’s attorneys for both Williamsburg and Charles City County wrote letters of ...

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Judge denies early release for convicted lawyer

A Henrico County judge has rejected pleas for early release for former attorney Kyle C. Leftwich, convicted in 2011 of embezzling legal fees from her law firm. Leftwich was convicted of pocketing more than $450,000 in fees she earned in ...

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City prevails at 4th Circuit in sign dispute

(AP) A Norfolk company’s First Amendment rights were not trampled when city officials cited a business owner for a critical banner. The ruling was made Tuesday by a panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond in ...

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Morrissey wins election, faces ouster try at Assembly

(AP) Voters who have long overlooked Virginia lawmaker Joseph D. Morrissey’s history of fistfights, contempt of court citations and disbarment now have given him a pass for a sex scandal that landed him in jail, choosing him over two decidedly ...

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Bill would require Virginia colleges to report sex assaults

(AP) Police at colleges and universities would be required to report campus sexual assaults to local prosecutors within 48 hours after their investigation begins, under a proposal Virginia lawmakers will consider this year. The measure aims to get more victims ...

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McDonnell to go to prison

(AP) Former Gov. Bob McDonnell won’t remain free while he appeals his corruption convictions, which means he could begin his two-year prison sentence by Feb. 9, a federal judge ruled Tuesday. McDonnell’s attorneys argued that the appeal could take almost ...

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Morrissey faces 2 obstacles to reclaim seat

(AP) An election to fill the seat of a lawmaker who resigned after being accused of having sex with his teenage secretary is special in more ways than one: First, the legislator who quit is running to get the seat ...

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Investment firm sues lawyers who took it to court

Richmond based investment brokerage Davenport & Co. is biting back after battling a lawsuit for three years over bond financing advice it gave to Fluvanna County officials. Davenport claims the county’s lawyers engaged in “fraudulent litigation” without regard for the ...

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Fluvanna County man’s dogfighting trial ends in mistrial

PALMYRA (AP) A Fluvanna County man’s trial on dogfighting charges has ended in a mistrial. Closing arguments were scheduled Saturday in Brenton Mathis’ trial. Media outlets report that Fluvanna County Circuit Court Judge Susan Whitlock declared a mistrial after prosecutors discovered ...

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