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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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4th Circuit to allow audio broadcast of travel ban hearing

(AP) People across the country will get to listen in real time to arguments over President Donald Trump’s revised travel ban before a federal appeals court. The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said Wednesday that C-SPAN will get to ...

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Somali pirate gets life for attack on Navy ship

NORFOLK (AP) A Somali pirate has been sentenced to life in prison for his role in attacking a U.S. Navy ship. Federal prosecutors said Wednesday that 31-year-old Mohamed Farah was among seven pirates who tried to commandeer the USS Ashland ...

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Group appeals redistricting case to Virginia Supreme Court

(AP) A redistricting advocacy group has appealed a judge’s decision upholding 11 Virginia House and Senate districts. OneVirginia2021 said Wednesday that it has appealed the case to the Supreme Court of Virginia. The group argues that lawmakers during the 2011 ...

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Patricia Cornwell returns to beginnings as crime novelist

CHESTERFIELD (AP) Patricia Cornwell has gone back to her beginnings, the place where she got her start writing crime novels. She’s returned to the Chesterfield County Police Department, where media outlets reported that she’s taking a weeklong course on reconstructing ...

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