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Lawyers seek to halt execution to challenge drugs

(AP) Attorneys for a condemned Virginia inmate are asking a federal judge to halt his scheduled execution so they can challenge the state’s plan to use drugs from a secret compounding pharmacy. U.S. District Judge Henry Hudson heard arguments Tuesday ...

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Governor proposes criminal justice reforms

(AP) Gov. Terry McAuliffe wants Virginia to be more forgiving when it comes to lower-level crimes while making it easier for new DNA evidence to exonerate the wrongfully convicted. “As I always say, second chances matter,” McAuliffe said at a ...

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County creates domestic violence review team after 2 deaths

GLOUCESTER (AP) Officials in Gloucester County are creating a new Domestic Violence Fatality Review Team following two deaths. The Daily Press reports the Gloucester team will try to reduce fatalities whether they’re homicides or suicides. In two separate incidents in ...

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Judge found dead in Prince George County courthouse

PRINCE GEORGE (AP) Authorities in Prince George County say no foul play is suspected in the death of a Virginia circuit court judge found dead in his office. The Prince George County Police Department said emergency crews were called Sunday ...

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Report on pharmacies prompts changes in data availability

STAUNTON (AP) A newspaper’s report on how Virginia disciplines pharmacists who violate the law has prompted officials to make it easier for the public to find out which medical practitioners are on probation. The News Leader in Staunton reviewed hundreds ...

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Judicial guidance panel gets new member (access required)

A retired circuit court clerk is the newest member of the Judicial Ethics Advisory Committee. The committee – revived last year after a seven-year dormant period – issues advisory opinions on judicial ethics questions posed by judges and others who ...

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Man charged with 3rd DUI in fatal wreck

CHESTERFIELD (AP) An Emporia man has been accused of driving under the influence for a third time following a crash that killed another driver in Chesterfield County earlier this week. News outlets report that 46-year-old Alonza Jefferson Jr., of Midlothian, ...

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Changes approved for reciprocal discipline (access required)

The Supreme Court of Virginia has approved changes in the way lawyers can be disciplined in Virginia based on misconduct findings in other states or other courts. A revamp of reciprocal discipline rules took several tries by Virginia State Bar ...

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Prosecutor creates ‘DUI Team’

Virginia Beach Commonwealth’s Attorney Colin D. Stolle says he will form a specialized DUI Prosecution Team at his office. Effective Jan. 3, all DUI cases and traffic felonies will be prosecuted by this specialized team, made up of five prosecutors ...

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Supervising lawyer now has duty to intervene with impaired colleague (access required)

The supervising lawyer at a law firm now has a duty to intervene when another lawyer in the firm becomes impaired, under a Legal Ethics Opinion just approved by the Supreme Court of Virginia. Supervising lawyers are duty-bound to protect ...

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