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Move to decriminalize adultery fails (access required)

A proposal to decriminalize adultery in Virginia – even with paradoxical support from The Family Foundation – failed to make it out of a General Assembly committee Wednesday. The Senate Courts Committee voted 10-4 to pass by indefinitely the measure ...

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House OKs sale of 151-proof liquor

(AP) Virginians would be able to buy liquor with almost 50 percent more alcohol than is currently available under a bill passed Wednesday by the House of Delegates. The legislation would raise the limit on the alcohol content of neutral ...

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State Police gets new head of investigative branch

(AP) The Virginia State Police is getting a new head of its investigative branch. Maj. Gary T. Settle takes over as director of state police’s Bureau of Criminal Investigation on Wednesday. Settle has served as deputy director of the bureau ...

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Send in your large settlements from 2016

Virginia Lawyers Weekly will be publishing its Largest Settlements of 2016 edition on Feb. 13, 2017. If you have received a settlement of $1,000,000 or more between Jan. 1-Dec. 31, 2016, be sure you report it to us for the ...

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Cost could be obstacle for court records access (access required)

Proposals to require statewide search capability for Virginia trial court records may founder in the face of cost estimates that range from $1.3 million to $1.7 million. One measure intended to open up criminal court records to statewide searches is ...

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‘Felony creep’ reform advances (access required)

A state Senate committee has once again approved a proposal to increase the grand larceny threshold in Virginia law. Senate Bill 816 – as modified in a substitute measure – would change the felony benchmark from $200 to $500. The ...

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Fletcher named Group Editor in Virginia and the Carolinas

Paul E. Fletcher has been named Group Editor-in-Chief of the BridgeTower Media operations in Virginia and the Carolinas. He will oversee the editorial content of four newspapers in three states – Virginia Lawyers Weekly, North Carolina Lawyers Weekly, South Carolina ...

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Ex-lawyer sentenced to 45 years for role in home invasion (access required)

A former Virginia lawyer was sentenced to 45 years in prison for helping her husband torment her former boss and his wife in their McLean home in 2014. The sentencing of Alecia Schmuhl again brought Leo Fisher and wife Sue ...

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Lawyer convicted in sexual battery cases (access required)

A Warrenton attorney has pleaded no contest to two counts of misdemeanor sexual battery after clients accused him of misconduct, court records show. Jud Fischel, 68, who has practiced in Fauquier County for four decades, was convicted Jan 20, records ...

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Work underway on Virginia’s opioid crisis

(AP) Virginia lawmakers are beginning to work on tackling the state’s opioid crisis. Several bills intended to stem the growing addiction to opioids or related consequences advanced in the legislature on Thursday. A Senate committee passed a measure directing the ...

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