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Attorney files 2nd pardon petition for Va. inmate

NORFOLK (AP) A lawyer has filed a new conditional pardon petition for an inmate serving six life terms plus 118 years for a home invasion robbery he committed as a juvenile. The Virginian-Pilot reports that attorney John Coggeshall is asking ...

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State lab spurns misdemeanor pot testing

LYNCHBURG (AP) The Virginia Department of Forensic Science will no longer process marijuana in its labs for evidence in misdemeanor cases in an effort to limit the number of backlogged drug cases. Starting on Jan. 1, the state agency will ...

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Sentence is 6 years for larcenous lawyer

A former Virginia lawyer charged with fraud for taking client money and for a series of quick money scams has been sentenced to six years in prison. Michael Eisner was accused of stealing more than $250,000 in client money and ...

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Graham suspect seeks sanity evaluation

FAIRFAX (AP) An attorney for the man accused of abducting University of Virginia student Hannah Graham said Friday that he wants his client to be evaluated to determine his sanity. Attorney James Camblos made the request for a psychiatric evaluation ...

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Pair convicted in secret $1.6M Navy silencer deal

McLEAN (AP) A senior Navy intelligence official and a California race-car mechanic were convicted in federal court for their roles in pushing through a secret Navy contract to build hundreds of untraceable rifle silencers for an unspecified, classified program. Navy ...

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Bar offers ethics credits with a glass of cheer

The Roanoke Bar Association has a tempting way for lawyers to get a head start on education hours for next year. The RBA will combine continuing legal education with fall foliage and a wine- and beer-tasting tour on Saturday, Nov. ...

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Legal reforms supported by Boyd-Graves (access required)

Lawyers handling domestic relations appeals could have a mechanism for an award of attorneys’ fees under one proposal approved by the Boyd-Graves conference this year. The annual meeting of the civil procedure study group concluded Oct. 25 with six recommendations ...

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City now allows ‘for sale’ signs on parked cars

ALEXANDRIA (AP) Alexandria has stopped citing drivers who put “for sale” signs on their cars and park them on public streets. The move comes a week after resident Scott McLean filed a federal lawsuit against the city, saying the law ...

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Assembly to elect judges Nov. 10

The Virginia General Assembly is expected back in Richmond Nov. 10 to elect judges and to deal with lingering budget issues. Besides three appellate court seats, the Assembly is considering 12 trial court judgeships. Bar groups have been making recommendations ...

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Virginia stops use of guardrail maker’s products

(AP) Virginia transportation officials plan to remove installations of a common highway-guardrail system amid safety concerns. The Virginia Department of Transportation also plans to seek reimbursement for the removal cost from the system’s manufacturer, Dallas-based Trinity Industry, VDOT spokeswoman Marshall ...

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