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Bar charges Morrissey with tryst cover-up (access required)

The Virginia State Bar has accused Henrico County lawyer Joseph D. Morrissey, a former state delegate, with making false statements and deleting evidence to hide a 2013 sexual encounter with an underage office staffer. The new bar ethics charges follow ...

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Everett era ends for open government office (access required)

The woman who has managed the Virginia Freedom of Information Advisory Council since its inception in 2000 is stepping down today. Maria Everett will retire as the first, and so far only, executive director of the agency formed to make ...

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$50M settlement approved for DuPont mercury contamination

WAYNESBORO (AP) Chemical company DuPont will pay about $50 million under an environmental settlement that aims to make up for decades of mercury pollution one of its factories released into the South River in Virginia. A federal judge approved the ...

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Sands Anderson adds health law squad (access required)

Richmond-based Sands Anderson recently replenished its team of health care practitioners with four lawyers from the Rawls McNelis firm. Attorneys Edward J. McNelis III, Elizabeth M. Muldowney, Ramon Rodriguez and Christopher J. Quirk have joined Sands Anderson PC’s Richmond office. They bring a significant ...

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Inmates locked up for life as teens seek relief

(AP) Fights are being waged in courts across Virginia about whether inmates serving life-without-parole sentences for crimes they committed as juveniles deserve a chance for release in light of recent U.S. Supreme Court rulings. The high court in 2012 barred ...

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State agency dropped from Deeds lawsuit (access required)

State Sen. Creigh Deeds has dropped a state agency from his lawsuit over the suicide of his son. Deeds moved to nonsuit his claim against the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services. Circuit Judge Paul Sheridan granted the nonsuit ...

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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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