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Lawyer avoids discipline after assault conviction (access required)

A Portsmouth lawyer convicted of assault after a deputy sheriff accused him of sexual battery has avoided the threat of Virginia State Bar discipline. The VSB Disciplinary Board dismissed a bar charge against Sterling H. Weaver Jr. on Feb. 19. ...

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Five seek judgeship in Martinsville area (access required)

Five attorneys are hoping to win legislative approval to succeed retired Henry County General District Judge Edwin Gendron Jr. Four of the five have current or past prosecutorial experience, reports the Martinsville Bulletin. A local bar association president told the ...

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Bid to reform parole falls short

(AP) An effort to make eligible for early release Virginia inmates who may have been given inflated sentences has fallen short in the General Assembly amid opposition from some Republicans, who’ve long resisted any attempt to bring back parole. The ...

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Measure would expand judges’ gun rights (access required)

The General Assembly favors expanding the rights of Virginia judges – including retired judges – to carry concealed handguns anywhere in the state. Current law allows judges and justices to carry a concealed handgun without a permit in the discharge ...

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Former clerk candidate faces public reprimand (access required)

A Richmond lawyer has been reprimanded by the Virginia State Bar for dropping the ball on three criminal appeals as he campaigned for circuit court clerk. Melvin L. Todd Jr. lost a 2014 Democratic primary bid to current Richmond Circuit ...

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Tidewater lawyers eye judgeships (access required)

Fifteen lawyers have announced plans to seek two general district judgeships in Hampton and Newport News. The Daily Press (subscription) reports the vacancies are the result of the retirement in January of Hampton General District Judge Woodrow Griffin Jr., 70, ...

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Former FDIC attorney sentenced for bank fraud (access required)

A Northern Virginia woman – a former senior attorney at the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. – has been sentenced to a year behind bars for a phony short sale of her home. In a short sale, the proceeds from a ...

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Smith elected ACTL president

Richmond lawyer Michael W. Smith is the 66th president of the American College of Trial Lawyers, an invitation-only society dedicated to improving trial practice and civil justice. Smith is only the fourth Virginia lawyer to hold the position of president. ...

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Lawyers to offer estate planning advice for vets

(AP) Lawyers will provide free estate planning services to low-income Virginia veterans at a series of clinics early next month. Attorney General Mark Herring says the first-ever pro bono Veterans Legal Services Clinics are a partnership of his office, the ...

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Mother indicted 10 years after son’s death

HAMPTON (AP) A woman whose son’s body was found in her car more than 10 years after he was last seen alive has been charged with murder in his death. Tonya Slaton of Richmond was indicted Feb. 1 in Hampton ...

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