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Judicial nominee Dillon appears before senators

Salem lawyer Elizabeth K. Dillon had no apparent opposition for a Western District federal judgeship as she sailed through a hearing before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee Thursday. Committee chair Charles E. Grassley, R-Iowa, asked no questions of Dillon and ...

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Vet sanctioned for botched dog surgery

“First-accident forgiveness” may work for drivers, at least in auto insurance marketing campaigns. But that’s not the rule for Virginia veterinarians. A veterinarian who bungled a dog-spaying procedure cannot avoid a sanction by arguing the law requires multiple violations of ...

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Arlington lawyer, wife, said injured in attack

Fairfax County police have charged husband-and-wife attorneys with a Sunday evening attack on another couple at the victims’ McLean home. One of the victims is Arlington attorney Leo S. Fisher, according to a source close to the investigation. Fisher is ...

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No qualified immunity for incense seller’s arrest

Selling products labeled “Bayou Blaster” and “Hayze Train Wreck” may suggest “getting high,” but the products’ marketing did not necessarily implicate a tobacco-shop proprietor under a Virginia statute that targeted synthetic marijuana. A police officer said he could arrest tobacco-shop ...

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Va. bill would decriminalize marijuana

State Sen. Adam P. Ebbin, D-Alexandria, has introduced legislation to decriminalize simple marijuana possession in Virginia. Ebbin’s Senate Bill 686 would decriminalize marijuana possession and eliminate the 30-day jail sentence and the current $500 criminal fine. A violator would be ...

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