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Urbanski and Wright Allen recommended for judgeships

Virginia’s two U.S. Senators have recommended U.S. Magistrate Judge Mike Urbanski of Roanoke and federal public defender Arenda Wright Allen of Norfolk for two vacant federal district judgeships in Virginia. Urbanski has served as a magistrate judge in the Western ...

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Virginia prison population stays steady

Virginia’s state prison population has remained relatively stable over the past two years, while state prison population in the U.S. as a whole has dropped for the first time since 1972. Over 1.6 million people were serving time in state ...

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Lawyer Could-Have-Been: John Cleese

As a member of the “Monty Python” troupe, John Cleese helped transform the epic, and to some, dull tales of King Arthur’s life into comic relief. He helped create a generation of comedy centered on hilarious stupidity. From parts in ...

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Williams Mullen dedicates new office building

Local and state officials were on hand for the christening of the 16-story Williams Mullen Center in downtown Richmond. Richmond Mayor Dwight C. Jones and Gov. Bob McDonnell were among about 150 attorneys and community members who attended the outdoor ...

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Federal building renovation is a waste, congressman says

Terming a $51-million renovation plan for Roanoke’s Poff Federal Building a “waste of taxpayer dollars,” Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Roanoke, calls for a halt to the project. The building is home to the U.S. District Court facilities in Roanoke, where the ...

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