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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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July execution date set for death row inmate

(AP) A Virginia inmate convicted of killing two people during an escape in 2006 is scheduled to be executed July 6. A circuit court in Virginia’s Montgomery County on Tuesday granted the state’s request for that execution date for 35-year-old ...

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Albo to lobby part-time (access required)

Veteran Virginia Del. Dave Albo, R-Springfield, is joining Williams Mullen to divide his time between lobbying and practicing criminal and traffic law. Albo will join the government relations practice at Williams Mullen this fall, the law firm has announced. He ...

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