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Appeals court upholds fees in prayer case

A woman who challenged public prayer practices of the Pittsylvania County Board of Supervisors has won attorney’s fees in the county’s appeal of fees awarded by a Danville federal court. Barbara Hudson sued the county in 2011 for opening board ...

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Dillon confirmed as new federal judge

Salem lawyer Elizabeth K. Dillon has been confirmed by the U.S. Senate as a U.S. District Judge for the Western District of Virginia. Her confirmation came late Tuesday night in a Senate voice vote, according to legislative records. Dillon is ...

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Lawmakers grill judges seeking re-election (access required)

Several trial court judges hoping to retain their seats faced withering questioning from legislators Friday about their performance in judicial performance surveys. One judge who scored poorly on the surveys was not invited to interview at all. Still another judge ...

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