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Attorney arrested on stolen check charge (access required)

A Winchester lawyer has been arrested for allegedly stealing and depositing three checks from the father of her child. Media reports and court records say Shelly R. Collette was arrested Wednesday for larceny of checks valued at greater than $200. ...

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Charge: Lawyer submitted bogus pay records (access required)

An Augusta County lawyer is accused of profiting from falsified pay records he presented to bolster clients’ claims for lost wages. Franklin C. Coyner of Stuarts Draft was directly indicted in November on a felony charge of grand larceny by ...

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Assembly approves regulating fantasy sports

(AP) The Virginia General Assembly has passed legislation regulating the fast-growing but embattled online fantasy industry. Lawmakers gave final approval Wednesday to legislation that formally legalizes and regulates sites like FanDuel and DraftKings. A spokesman for DraftKings said Virginia is ...

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Five seek judgeship in Martinsville area (access required)

Five attorneys are hoping to win legislative approval to succeed retired Henry County General District Judge Edwin Gendron Jr. Four of the five have current or past prosecutorial experience, reports the Martinsville Bulletin. A local bar association president told the ...

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Bid to reform parole falls short

(AP) An effort to make eligible for early release Virginia inmates who may have been given inflated sentences has fallen short in the General Assembly amid opposition from some Republicans, who’ve long resisted any attempt to bring back parole. The ...

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Measure would expand judges’ gun rights (access required)

The General Assembly favors expanding the rights of Virginia judges – including retired judges – to carry concealed handguns anywhere in the state. Current law allows judges and justices to carry a concealed handgun without a permit in the discharge ...

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Tidewater lawyers eye judgeships (access required)

Fifteen lawyers have announced plans to seek two general district judgeships in Hampton and Newport News. The Daily Press (subscription) reports the vacancies are the result of the retirement in January of Hampton General District Judge Woodrow Griffin Jr., 70, ...

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