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Ex-prosecutor suspended for 2 years (access required)

A Northern Neck lawyer, hired last year as an assistant commonwealth’s attorney just as client problems were turning into bar complaints, has had his law license suspended for two years by the Virginia State Bar. The suspension for Nicholas “Nick” ...

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Bar Council election results posted (access required)

The Virginia State Bar has posted results of last month’s voting for posts on the VSB Bar Council. VSB members voted electronically between April 10 and April 28. The following persons have been newly elected or reelected to three-year terms ...

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Numbers drop for February bar exam (access required)

Only 361 candidates completed the February Virginia bar exam this year, a steep drop in applicants after a steady decline over four years. Last year, 458 candidates completed the February exam. Previous years saw 484, 547 and 564 attendees. Of ...

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Serial-killing suspect confesses to unsolved stabbing death

LEESBURG (AP) For eight years, Youdella Allen had no idea who stabbed and killed her husband, Jammie Lane, in their Leesburg home. Since 2010, she knew that a onetime neighbor, Elias Abuelazam, was a suspect. Abuelazam was charged with a ...

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Former bar leader surrenders license (access required)

A Fairfax lawyer who once chaired the Criminal Law Section of the Virginia State Bar has given up his law license in the face of allegations related to mishandling of client money. Warren W. McLain agreed to disbarment April 20 ...

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Lawyer was victim of alleged $200K embezzlement (access required)

A Fredericksburg lawyer has accepted a public admonition for lapses that allowed a trusted office staffer allegedly to make off with more than $200,000 from the lawyer’s trust account. H. Glenn Goodpasture deposited more than $227,000 of his personal money ...

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Fentanyl becomes Virginia’s deadliest drug

(AP) A synthetic opioid was the deadliest drug in Virginia last year. Fentanyl-related fatalities surpassed those related to heroin and prescription painkillers last year, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reported this week. Of the 1,133 people who died due to opioid overdoses ...

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State to expand inmate drug treatment

(AP) Officials say Virginia is joining in an effort to expand access to opioid addiction treatment for prisoners. The Virginia Department of Corrections says Virginia is one of eight states picked by the National Governors Association for the “learning lab.” ...

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Woman sues airline over spilled coffee

VIRGINIA BEACH (AP) A Virginia woman is suing Qatar Airways over claims that a flight attendant spilled hot coffee on her. Zahra Azizkhani of Virginia Beach is seeking $850,000, WAVY-TV reports. She claims a flight attendant dropped “scalding hot” coffee ...

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Client communication problems bring reprimand (access required)

A Williamsburg-area lawyer has been reprimanded by a Virginia State Bar discipline subcommittee for communication problems with five clients. Two of the clients told the bar that lawyer David M. McCormick of Lightfoot failed to notify them when he sold ...

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