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Suit challenges pipeline, federal agency

ROANOKE (AP) A newly filed lawsuit is seeking to stop federal regulators from granting the developers of the proposed Mountain Valley Pipeline the power of eminent domain. The lawsuit was filed Thursday in federal court in Roanoke on behalf of ...

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Ex-prosecutor sued over kidnap case (access required)

Former Albemarle County Commonwealth’s Attorney Denise Y. Lunsford is accused of prosecutorial misconduct in a civil rights lawsuit arising from an ill-fated kidnap prosecution. A man who spent more than two years in jail before a judge vacated his conviction ...

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VLW wins two awards in national journalism contest

Virginia Lawyers Weekly scored a gold and bronze in the 2017 National Communications Contest conducted by the National Federation of Press Women. Results were announced July 21. Both awards were for column writing. Paul Fletcher, VLW Editor-in-Chief, took first place ...

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Judge asked to intervene in state IT dispute (access required)

Litigation is heating up over the demise of a massive state computer services contract in Virginia. State lawyers are asking a judge to order a vendor to remove barriers to the state retaking control of some of its information technology. ...

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Richmond city attorney assaulted in courthouse

(AP) An official says a Richmond city attorney was assaulted by a juvenile in a courthouse. City Attorney Allen Jackson tells the Richmond Times Dispatch that Deputy City Attorney Kate O’Leary was representing the Department of Social Services in proceedings at the ...

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Fischel surrenders law license (access required)

Warrenton attorney Jud Fischel, who pleaded no contest in January to two charges of sexual battery involving clients, has agreed to give up his law license. Fischel already had agreed to suspension of his law license on the basis of ...

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Senators back two for U.S. attorney post (access required)

Virginia’s two U.S. senators have recommended two Roanoke lawyers for the vacant position of U.S. attorney for the Western District of Virginia. In a July 21 letter to President Trump, Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine urge appointment of ...

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Virginia man sentenced over Facebook post on father’s death

ROANOKE (AP) A Virginia man whose father was fatally shot by a sheriff’s deputy in a standoff has been sentenced on a charge of threatening retaliation in a Facebook post. The Roanoke Times reports 27-year-old James A. Burton was to be ...

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Pro bono seminar is free

The Virginia State Bar Access to Justice Committee and the Old Dominion Bar Association are sponsoring a free seminar – with three MCLE hours pending – called “Bridging the Justice Gap through Pro Bono” on September 12 in Richmond. The ...

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Suit claims tavern exiled boy with gluten allergy

WILLIAMSBURG (AP) A lawsuit claims that Colonial Williamsburg removed a boy from a restaurant and forced him to sit in the rain because he brought his own food. The Virginian-Pilot reported Thursday that the 11-year-old was on a school field trip ...

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