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Judge arrested in dispute at Walmart (access required)

Fauquier County Circuit Judge Jeffrey W. Parker was arrested and charged with assault and battery after a dispute with a Walmart clerk Sept. 5 in Stafford County. The judge allegedly grabbed the hand of the store employee after she refused ...

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Challenge to government watch list can go forward

ALEXANDRIA (AP) A federal judge is allowing a lawsuit challenging the U.S. government’s terrorist watch list to go forward. Government lawyers had asked U.S. District Judge Anthony Trenga in Alexandria to dismiss the lawsuit, filed in 2016. The plaintiffs, who ...

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Report: Suspect in 1975 sisters’ slaying to plead guilty

BEDFORD (AP) A convicted sex offender accused in the 1975 murders of two young sisters who disappeared from a Maryland shopping mall is expected to plead guilty to the crime that has haunted the region for more than four decades. ...

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Raphael returns to Hunton (access required)

Former Virginia solicitor General Stuart A. Raphael is returning to his former law firm’s Washington office. Hunton & Williams LLP has announced that Raphael and West Virginia’s Elbert Lin have joined the firm as partners in the litigation practice in its Washington and Richmond ...

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Gillespie proposes raising felony threshold

(AP) Republican candidate for governor Ed Gillespie is unveiling a series of criminal justice reform proposals that would lighten punishments for certain crimes. Gillespie said at a Richmond barbershop Aug. 6 that the state needed to rethink some of its ...

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Virginia prison blamed for inmates’ deaths

WASHINGTON (AP) Two inmates’ deaths and amputation of another’s leg have led to a contempt motion in federal court against a Virginia prison that settled complaints last year regarding health care. The Washington Post reports a Wednesday filing says Fluvanna Correctional Center ...

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White honored for career service

The Judicial Council of Virginia has named Campbell County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Judge A. Ellen White as the recipient of the 2016 Harry L. Carrico Outstanding Career Service Award. The award was presented to White Aug. 28 at the ...

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Calderón receives Powell Pro Bono Award

Fairfax attorney Ofelia Calderón has been awarded the 2017 Lewis F. Powell Jr. Pro Bono Award from the Virginia State Bar. Calderón’s nomination cited her involvement over the years in the Board of Immigration Appeals Screening Project, the Legal Aid ...

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Virginia death row has fewest number of inmates in decades

(AP) Virginia has the fewest number of inmates on death row since July 1979, shortly after it resumed carrying out the penalty following a 1972 Supreme Court ruling that halted executions across the U.S. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reported Tuesday that Virginia has ...

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Pomrenke contempt hearing on schedule (access required)

An Abingdon federal judge has cleared the way for a criminal contempt trial against a sitting Virginia judge this month. U.S. District Judge James P. Jones on Sept. 5 denied objections to a ruling that requires Virginia’s Judicial Inquiry and ...

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