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Veteran claim records discovered in storage

(AP) Attorney General Mark Herring is seeking a criminal investigation after applications for veterans’ benefits were found in a storage unit belonging to a former state employee who was fired last year for mishandling records, officials said Friday. Between 20 ...

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Political donor charged in $30M investment fraud scheme

ALEXANDRIA (AP) A well-heeled political donor and committee member at this summer’s Democratic National Convention was arrested Thursday and charged with using his health technology company to run a $30 million investment fraud scheme. Sreedhar Potarazu, an ophthalmologist from Potomac, ...

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Officer acquitted in fatal shooting

NORFOLK (AP) A Norfolk jury on Thursday acquitted a white police officer who had been charged in the shooting death of a mentally ill black man holding a knife. Norfolk police Officer Michael Edington faced one count of voluntary manslaughter ...

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Kagan praises Scalia at law school renaming ceremony

ARLINGTON (AP) Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan says the newly renamed Antonin Scalia Law School at George Mason University celebrates a “remarkable judge and teacher” who will be remembered as one of the greatest justices in history. Speaking Thursday at ...

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Weckstein honored on retirement (access required)

The man once called the “Mark Twain of the Virginia judiciary” by a fellow judge accepted the accolades of colleagues and friends Thursday as he steps away – temporarily – from the courtroom. Judge Clifford R. Weckstein – a one-time ...

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Virginia AG: ‘Ballot selfies’ not illegal

(AP) Virginia’s attorney general says it’s not against the law for Virginia voters to take photos of their ballots for publication on social media. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that Attorney General Mark R. Herring said in a Sept. 29 opinion that ...

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Initiative aims to connect abuse victims to services

(AP) Some Virginia law enforcement officials are being equipped with cellphones that will help them connect domestic violence victims to services. Through a partnership with Attorney General Mark Herring, Verizon Wireless is loaning 500 mobile phones to Virginia law enforcement officers to ...

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Byrd to head state magistrate agency (access required)

Mason L. Byrd has been named director of Virginia’s Department of Magistrate Services. Byrd, who has served as Magistrate System Coordinator, was elevated to the director’s job effective Sept. 15. The announcement was made by Karl R. Hade, executive secretary ...

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Phone scammers demand money for missed jury duty

VIRGINIA BEACH (AP) Authorities in Virginia city are investigating dozens of reports that involve a jury duty scam. Scam artists have called several people in Virginia Beach and demanded a fee for missing jury duty, The Virginian-Pilot reports. The most ...

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Court eases lawyer’s duty when client wants to lie (access required)

Over the objections of state prosecutors, Virginia lawyers will not have to rush to disclose a client’s expressed plan to lie under oath. The Supreme Court of Virginia has enacted rule changes – effective in December – that make it ...

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