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Lawyer charged with embezzling $650K from state senator (access required)

ALEXANDRIA (AP) A lawyer has been indicted on charges he embezzled more than $650,000 from the campaign fund of Virginia Senate Minority Leader Richard Saslaw. David H. Miller of Fairfax, 68, made an initial appearance Sept. 25 in federal court ...

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Morrissey sanctioned for claim in fee lawsuit (access required)

Richmond lawyer Joe Morrissey has been ordered to pay $1,000 to a developer who was named in Morrissey’s lawsuit over unpaid fees for his work on a proposed National Slavery Museum. A judge ruled that a lawyer’s reasonable inquiry would have ...

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Man convicted in ’75 slayings pleads guilty to sex assaults

MANASSAS (AP) A convicted sex offender who was sentenced Sept. 12 to 48 years in the 1975 killings of two young Maryland sisters has pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting two other girls in northern Virginia in 1996. Lloyd Lee Welch Jr. ...

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Abu Ghraib ex-inmates’ lawsuit moves ahead in federal court

ALEXANDRIA (AP) After nine years of fits and starts, dismissals and reinstatements, a federal lawsuit filed by one-time inmates at the notorious Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq against civilian interrogators who worked there is moving ahead. “We’re not dismissing this ...

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School board asks court to dismiss transgender teen’s suit

(AP) A Virginia school board has asked a judge to dismiss a lawsuit filed by a transgender teen who sued for the right to use the boys bathroom at his high school. The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals sent ...

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Bar sets December hearing for ex-lawyer’s reinstatement bid

The Virginia State Bar is asking for comment on a disbarred Virginia lawyer’s request to rejoin the bar. Anne Marston Lynch Wilbur agreed to revocation of her license in 2009 after admitting that she stole $40,000 from her church. Lynch ...

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Ishida named top administrator for 4th Circuit (access required)

A new administrative chief starts next month at the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. James N. Ishida has been hired as the circuit executive for the Fourth Circuit. He currently is appellate court administrator with the Utah Administrative Office ...

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VSB moves to extend client protection assessment

Virginia State Bar leaders hope to extend the bar’s authority to collect lawyers’ assessments for the Clients’ Protection Fund. The bar now assesses every Virginia lawyer $25 a year to support the fund that reimburses clients and others victimized by ...

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State files consumer protection suit against tax relief service (access required)

A Northern Virginia-based tax relief service that came under scrutiny by the Virginia State Bar now is facing a lawsuit alleging violations of the Virginia Consumer Protection Act. The Virginia attorney general’s office filed suit Sept. 13 against Wall & ...

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Prosecutor: No charges in Haymarket police shooting

McLEAN (AP) A Virginia police officer was justified in fatally shooting a 15-year-old boy who was advancing at him with a crowbar, a prosecutor ruled Tuesday. Police on Tuesday identified the teen who was shot and killed Friday as Ruben ...

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