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Fischel surrenders law license (access required)

Warrenton attorney Jud Fischel, who pleaded no contest in January to two charges of sexual battery involving clients, has agreed to give up his law license. Fischel already had agreed to suspension of his law license on the basis of ...

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Senators back two for U.S. attorney post (access required)

Virginia’s two U.S. senators have recommended two Roanoke lawyers for the vacant position of U.S. attorney for the Western District of Virginia. In a July 21 letter to President Trump, Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine urge appointment of ...

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Virginia man sentenced over Facebook post on father’s death

ROANOKE (AP) A Virginia man whose father was fatally shot by a sheriff’s deputy in a standoff has been sentenced on a charge of threatening retaliation in a Facebook post. The Roanoke Times reports 27-year-old James A. Burton was to be ...

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Pro bono seminar is free

The Virginia State Bar Access to Justice Committee and the Old Dominion Bar Association are sponsoring a free seminar – with three MCLE hours pending – called “Bridging the Justice Gap through Pro Bono” on September 12 in Richmond. The ...

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Suit claims tavern exiled boy with gluten allergy

WILLIAMSBURG (AP) A lawsuit claims that Colonial Williamsburg removed a boy from a restaurant and forced him to sit in the rain because he brought his own food. The Virginian-Pilot reported Thursday that the 11-year-old was on a school field trip ...

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Another mistrial for man held for 2 years without conviction

STAFFORD (AP) Another mistrial has been declared in the case of a Stafford man charged with child sex abuse who has spent more than two years in jail without a conviction. The Free Lance-Star reports 35-year-old Herbert Eugene Smitley’s trial for aggravated ...

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Campaign of gubernatorial candidate seeks inclusion into VBA debate (access required)

The Virginia Bar Association is set to help kick off Virginia’s battle for governor Saturday as part of its summer meeting, and one candidate is pushing to be on the stage. Republican Ed Gillespie and Lieutenant Governor Ralph Northam, the ...

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Judge restored after ‘exile’ for courthouse behavior (access required)

A general district judge who was ordered to sit in courthouses outside his district for 14 months has been officially reinstated, but still is not presiding in 11th District courtrooms. General District Judge Robert B. Beasley Jr. was barred from ...

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Judge orders tests, new plan for leaking coal ash site

(AP) Virginia’s largest utility must submit a revised plan for dealing with its leaking piles of coal ash at a retired power plant in Chesapeake and conduct at least two years of environmental testing at the site, a federal judge ...

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Lawyer reprimanded for courthouse incident (access required)

An Alexandria lawyer has received a public reprimand from the Virginia State Bar growing out of a charge that he was drunk in public at the Alexandria courthouse in 2015. Christopher P. Schewe came under suspicion when he showed up ...

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