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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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Court reviewing Va. death row isolation policy

(AP) The fundamental nature of Virginia’s death row will be altered if a judge’s decision striking down automatic solitary confinement of condemned inmates is allowed to stand, an attorney for the state told a federal appeals court Tuesday. State Solicitor ...

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Former prosecutor Young named U.S. magistrate judge

Former Assistant U.S. Attorney Roderick C. Young has been appointed as a U.S. magistrate judge for the Eastern District of Virginia. Young was appointed by the district court judges of the Eastern District in an Oct. 27 order. He was ...

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VSB withdraws reciprocal discipline case

The Virginia State Bar has agreed to dismiss a reciprocal discipline case it filed based on sanctions against a Virginia lawyer by the Navy JAG Corps. The action avoids a rematch over the VSB’s power to impose discipline on Virginia ...

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Grey to receive ABA award

Richmond lawyer Robert J. Grey Jr. will be honored next year with the Spirit of Excellence Award from the American Bar Association’s Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Profession. The ABA panel will present the award at a ...

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