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Lacking execution drugs, Virginia eyes the electric chair

(AP) A proposal that would force inmates to die by electric chair if lethal injection drugs can’t be found is gaining steam in Virginia, in part because of a looming execution scheduled for next month. State officials are frantically searching ...

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Guy to lead VBA, Thomas goes on ladder

WILLIAMSBURG–Richmond lawyer James Patrick Guy II became president of the Virginia Bar Association at the group’s winter meeting in late January. David S. Mercer, who practices in Alexandria, will be president-elect in the coming year. And C.J. Steuart Thomas III ...

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Proposal would cap state contingency fees (access required)

State Sen. Mark Obenshain, R-Harrisonburg, is leading an effort to limit contingency fees that private lawyers recover when they sue in the name of the state. The state Senate last month approved the measure that also would require public disclosure ...

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Virginia man in same-sex custody case ordered to prison

(AP) A pastor convicted of helping a Virginia woman flee the country rather than share custody of her daughter with her former Vermont same-sex partner has been ordered to federal prison after a court rejected an appeal of his 2012 ...

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Ruling puts payday loan lawsuit back in court

(AP) A federal appeals court has put a Virginia man’s lawsuit over a payday loan back before a judge. A three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday unanimously reversed U.S. District Judge John Gibney’s order ...

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Bid for transparency of execution drugs hits roadblock

(AP) A Virginia lawmaker is joining a chorus of voices across numerous states pushing officials to reveal the source of drugs used in lethal-injection executions. But Democratic Sen. Scott Surovell’s measure appears to have little chance of passing this year: ...

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State Fair lawsuit is settled (access required)

A lawsuit that accused the Richmond-based law firm of Williams Mullen of abandoning one client while helping another win ownership of the Virginia State Fair has been settled. The terms of the deal were not disclosed by the parties. The ...

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Appeals court affirms ruling in Somali torture claim

(AP) A federal appeals court in Virginia has affirmed a judge’s decision to dismiss one count in a Somali farmer’s lawsuit against a former officer who he says tortured him in his homeland. In a ruling issued Monday, a three-judge ...

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Lawyer banned from bankruptcy court is revoked (access required)

Four months after being permanently banned from bankruptcy court, a Richmond lawyer has had his law license revoked by judges of the Richmond Circuit Court. A three-judge panel disbarred attorney Kenneth W. Paciocco on Jan. 21 after hearing evidence on ...

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High court rejects GOP request to delay new map

(AP) The U.S. Supreme Court has denied a request from Virginia’s Congressional Republicans to put a new congressional map on hold and allow the 2016 elections to proceed under the old boundaries. The high court issued its denial Monday. Republicans ...

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