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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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River-protection group to sue over wastewater vote

(AP) Environmental lawyers say they will challenge Virginia’s approval of the discharge of millions of gallons of coal ash wastewater into Quantico Creek and the Potomac River. The Southern Environmental Law Center said Monday it is filing the challenge on ...

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Feds: Judge shared in wife’s job perks (access required)

Federal prosecutors say they want to call Bristol Juvenile and Domestic Relations Judge Kurt J. Pomrenke to testify about untaxed benefits his wife allegedly received as an official with the Bristol Virginia Utilities Authority. The judge shared in some of ...

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Roe gets bar endorsement (access required)

Fincastle lawyer Thomas W. Roe Jr. won a bar endorsement for a Roanoke Valley general district judgeship last week. Another bar group will consider endorsements for the same seat later this month. The opening on the court is expected to ...

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New criminal discovery plan meets quick end (access required)

An effort to legislate some of the state criminal discovery reforms rejected by the Supreme Court of Virginia never made it out of a House of Delegates subcommittee Friday. The proposal to require Virginia prosecutors to turn over police reports ...

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Court: Norfolk violated free speech rights

(AP) A federal appeals court has ruled Norfolk officials violated a business owner’s free-speech rights by sanctioning him for displaying a critical banner. A three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday ordered the city to ...

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