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Northern Virginia lawyer convicted of fraud (access required)

A Kentucky federal jury last week convicted a Vienna attorney of fraud in connection with a promised green technology project in a job-hungry community Daniel R. Goodwin allegedly controlled an escrow account where money belonging to a participating contractor disappeared. ...

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Med mal contrib decision will stand (access required)

A judge’s decision to allow a contributory negligence defense in a medical malpractice case has been upheld by the Supreme Court of Virginia. The court this month decided not to take up an appeal in the case of an emergency ...

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GMU students seek access to grant records

FAIRFAX (AP) A group of George Mason University students is suing the school and its nonprofit foundation to seek details of grant agreements tied to billionaire donor Charles Koch and others. The lawsuit filed Thursday in Fairfax County seeks donor ...

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Legislators question court caseload numbers (access required)

Some state senators on Thursday sharply questioned the accuracy of figures used to decide which empty judgeships are filled in Virginia trial courts. As the Senate squelched a bid to fill two circuit court vacancies in Loudoun and Prince William ...

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Hirschkop receives Carrico Award

The Virginia State Bar has awarded one of its highest honors, the Harry L. Carrico Professionalism Award, to civil rights attorney Philip J. Hirschkop. With an office in Lorton, Hirschkop has participated in a number of precedent setting and pivotal ...

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Morrissey sues Wilder over slavery museum legal fees

RICHMOND (AP) Former Del. Joseph Morrissey’s law firm is suing former Gov. Douglas Wilder and his National Slavery Museum, alleging they didn’t pay $130,000 in legal fees. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that the suit, seeking $1.45 million, was filed last ...

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Judge removes bar on releasing officer’s name

ALEXANDRIA (AP) A judge is no longer barring Fairfax County police from releasing the name of an officer who fatally shot a man following a standoff in Herndon. A hearing on the issue had been scheduled for Thursday in Alexandria ...

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Judge blocks felon gun permits (access required)

A Wise County judge has refused to restore the gun rights of two convicted felons, questioning in one case whether the petitioner’s civil rights were properly restored by Gov. Terry McAuliffe. The case raises what may be the first challenge ...

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Ex-mayor in meth-for-sex sting no longer fighting charge

FAIRFAX (AP) The former mayor of the city of Fairfax, a suburban Virginia community near Washington, is no longer fighting a criminal charge that he tried to trade drugs for sex last year. R. Scott Silverthorne waived his right to ...

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GOP moves to fire watchdog over inmate death case

(AP) Virginia Republicans moved Wednesday to effectively fire the state’s top watchdog, citing her handing of an investigation into the 2015 death of a mentally ill inmate who was jailed for stealing $5 worth of junk food. The GOP-controlled House ...

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