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Culpeper asks judge to bar deposition of county attorney (access required)

In ongoing litigation over Culpeper County’s vote last year to refuse a sewage permit for a proposed Islamic prayer center, the county wants to block a proposed deposition of the county attorney. The county says Department of Justice lawyers have ...

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Kinser portrait added at Supreme Court (access required)

Former Virginia Supreme Court Chief Justice Cynthia D. Kinser, the court’s first woman chief justice, was honored by having her portrait hung at the court in a June 9 ceremony. Kinser served 17 years on the Supreme Court bench, and more than three years ...

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Comments sought on marijuana decriminalization (access required)

The Virginia State Crime Commission is asking for written comments on the possibility of decriminalization of simple possession of marijuana. Commission executive director Kristen J. Howard said that, due to the high level of interest in the topic, her staff ...

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Lawyer accused of hiding sanctions from judge (access required)

A Richmond lawyer has been charged with ethics violations for failing to disclose both a contempt-of-court fine and a Virginia State Bar penalty when he applied to practice in bankruptcy court two years ago. D. Hayden Fisher was chastised in ...

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Debate will cap VBA meeting (access required)

Candidates for Virginia governor Ralph S. Northam and Edward W. “Ed” Gillespie will appear in a 90-minute debate during the Virginia Bar Association’s 2017 Summer Meeting. The free, public event starts at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 22, at the Omni ...

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Inmate lawsuit claims his hepatitis wasn’t properly treated

(AP)  An inmate has sued the Virginia Department of Corrections claiming that it has failed to properly treat his hepatitis C. Terry Riggleman filed the lawsuit with the help of legal advocacy groups on June 26 in state court, the ...

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Holt is president of Roanoke Bar Association (access required)

Roanoke attorney Kevin Walker Holt is the new president of the Roanoke Bar Association. He took office at the RBA annual meeting June 13. The RBA named J. Lee E. Osborne as president-elect. Holt, a partner at Gentry Locke in ...

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Disbarred lawyer seeks reinstatement (access required)

A former Virginia lawyer convicted of embezzling from her church nearly eight years ago is hoping to rejoin the bar. Anne Marston Lynch Wilber, formerly Anne Marston Lynch, is petitioning for reinstatement to the Virginia State Bar, where the Disciplinary ...

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Consumer lawyers target internet lenders (access required)

A coalition of Virginia consumer lawyers is going after internet lenders they claim violate credit laws. The Virginia Poverty Law Center, working with the law firms of Kelly & Crandall and Consumer Litigation Associates, has filed six lawsuits against internet lenders in the past ...

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4th Circuit’s Judge Davis to receive ABA award (access required)

Retiring Judge Andre M. Davis of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is the recipient of the 2017 John Marshall Award, presented by the American Bar Association Judicial Division and the Standing Committee on the American Judicial System. A ...

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