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Check scam leads to lawyer’s ethics trouble (access required)

A fraudulent check for nearly half-a-million dollars received by a Virginia lawyer led to ethics trouble over a $320 filing fee. The lawyer nearly fell for one of those fake check scams that have tripped up other attorneys. He avoided ...

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Attorneys general from 8 states, DC to meet in Virginia

CHARLOTTESVILLE (AP) Attorneys general from eight states and the District of Columbia are planning to meet in Virginia to discuss technology and emerging threats. Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring is hosting the top attorneys for a conference Tuesday and Wednesday ...

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Herring says county has few options for court facilities (access required)

The failure of a courthouse referendum last year may have tied the hands of Augusta County leaders in their efforts to plan for better court facilities. Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring says voter approval would be needed to relocate the ...

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Soering loses parole bid

(AP) State officials have rejected a parole request from a German diplomat’s son serving life in prison for the 1985 killings of his ex-girlfriend’s parents in Bedford County. Jens Soering told The Washington Post that he was disappointed and surprised after receiving ...

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Judge upholds 11 Assembly districts

(AP) A judge has upheld 11 Virginia House and Senate districts that challengers argued violated the state’s constitution. Richmond Circuit Court Judge W. Reilly Marchant ruled against redistricting advocacy ground OneVirginia2021 on Friday. The group had argued that lawmakers during ...

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4th Circuit administrator to retire after 45 years

(AP) An administrator for the Richmond-based 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is stepping down after more than four decades on the job. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that Samuel W. Phillips plans to retire on May 31 after more than ...

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Lawyer who ignored State Bar is revoked

A Virginia lawyer who dragged his feet on closing his practice after being suspended for ignoring a bar subpoena has had his law license revoked. The Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board on March 24 disbarred A. Pierre Jackson of Hampden-Sydney ...

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Program to dispense overdose reversal drug

STAUNTON (AP) A Shenandoah Valley health department district is starting a pilot program to distribute naloxone, an opioid overdose-reversal drug. Health officials said in a news release recently that the Central Shenandoah Health District will join three community services boards ...

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13 states urge 4th Circuit to OK Trump travel ban

(AP) A group of 12 state attorneys general and one governor is backing President Donald Trump’s revised travel ban targeting six predominantly Muslim countries, telling a federal appeals court Monday that the Republican acted lawfully in the interest of national ...

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17-year-old boy charged in slaying of woman in Front Royal

FRONT ROYAL (AP) A teenage boy has been charged in the death of a woman in Front Royal. The Front Royal police say in a statement that a 17-year-old boy was charged with second-degree murder in 19-year-old Leah Adams’ death, ...

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