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Cops cleared in shooting of 18-year-old brandishing BB gun

MANASSAS (AP) A prosecutor has ruled that police officers were justified in shooting an 18-year-old man who brandished a BB gun. Commonwealth’s Attorney Paul Ebert said the two Manassas officers who shot Luis Torres-Molina of Woodbridge reasonably feared for their ...

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Warrenton attorney suspends law practice (access required)

A Warrenton lawyer convicted of sexual battery in January has agreed to have his law license suspended on the basis of impairment. The indefinite suspension of Jud A. Fischel was effective May 15 under an order from the Virginia State ...

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Spencer to serve on rules panel (access required)

University of Virginia law Prof. A. Benjamin Spencer has been named to the Advisory Committee on Civil Rules of the U.S. Judicial Conference. The Judicial Conference is the principal policymaking body of the U.S. courts and is charged with developing ...

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Man accused of killing 4 wants trial moved

PETERSBURG (AP) Attorneys for a man accused of killing four members of a family in Petersburg are seeking to have his trial moved. Attorneys for Alexander D. Hill Jr. have asked the court to move his capital murder trial out ...

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Loan modification lawyer is suspended (access required)

A Fredericksburg attorney agreed to give up her law license for a year after being charged with rule violations in connection with five clients who sought mortgage modification services. Virginia State Bar prosecutors accused Karen M. Kennedy of collecting “nonrefundable” ...

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Hudson among candidates for FBI chief

U.S. District Judge Henry Hudson of Richmond is among 14 candidates under consideration to replace fired FBI Director James Comey, reports the Associated Press. Also on the list is former 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals judge J. Michael Luttig, ...

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FBI raids political consultant’s office

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) FBI agents raided the office of a Republican consulting firm in Maryland on Thursday in connection with an investigation into the 2013 Virginia governor’s race. The FBI confirmed it served a search warrant in Annapolis, Maryland, but ...

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Virginia FBI official among candidates for top job

WASHINGTON (AP) Justice Department leaders interviewed four veteran law enforcement and intelligence officials on Wednesday for the role of interim FBI director, officials said. The position is currently held by Andrew McCabe of Loudoun County, top deputy to ex-FBI Director ...

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Northern Virginia attorney picks up Libertarian gubernatorial nomination (access required)

While Virginia Democratic and Republican Party voters still have to wait until the June 13 primaries to determine their candidates for November’s gubernatorial election, Libertarians across the commonwealth can get a jump start for Election Night. Northern Virginia attorney Cliff ...

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VSB seeks comment on CLE guidance

The Virginia State Bar is looking for comments on proposed changes to its guidance on requirements for written materials that must accompany continuing legal education programs. The proposed changes are intended to improve the timeliness and quality of written CLE ...

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