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Welfare staffers could file pleadings under Assembly measure (access required)

A proposal to allow designated state employees to file court petitions in certain family welfare cases met resistance but emerged from the Virginia Senate Feb. 10. Court pleadings normally require the signature of an attorney or a party who is ...

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Senate: Raise threshold for reckless-by-speed (access required)

After a debate that acknowledged hefty fees charged by lawyers for defending speedy drivers, the Virginia Senate Wednesday approved raising the trigger point for reckless driving from 80 to 85 miles per hour. Virginia law makes it a misdemeanor crime ...

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Democrat switches twice, will stick with Roush

(AP) A Democratic senator briefly broke from her party Tuesday to support Republicans’ pick for the Virginia Supreme Court but changed her mind after a private meeting with Gov. Terry McAuliffe. Sen. Louise Lucas, D-Portsmouth, joined Republicans on a committee ...

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Three recommended for expected GD judgeship (access required)

The Roanoke Bar Association has endorsed two attorneys for an impending vacancy on the Roanoke Valley general district bench. The RBA voted Feb. 9 to recommend Daniel P. Frankl and B. Grimes Creasy for the opening expected to be created ...

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Advocates say proposed parole fix would have little impact

(AP) Advocates for Virginia’s prisoners say a bill aimed at helping inmates who may have been given inflated sentences would have little impact. Lawmakers have been wrestling with what to do about a group of inmates who were possibly unfairly ...

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Judge approves $1.5M in fees in prisoner health case (access required)

The state has agreed to pay $1.5 million to lawyers who sued to force improvements in medical care for women prisoners. The federal lawsuit led to reforms including performance monitoring by an outside expert on prison medical care. The suit ...

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University settles ‘false rape’ lawsuit (access required)

Washington & Lee University has settled with a male former student who claimed he was railroaded by the school’s disciplinary process and expelled after a female student falsely accused him of rape. The terms of the settlement were said to ...

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Legislators support allowing minor offenses to be erased

(AP) A bill that’s getting bipartisan support in the General Assembly would allow people who had minor alcohol or marijuana possession offenses when they were under the age of 21 to have their records expunged. Under Republican Sen. Ryan McDougle’s ...

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Details of Blacksburg killing emerge at bond hearing

BLACKSBURG (AP) Natalie Keepers told a judge that she was bullied — just like the 13-year-old girl she is accused of plotting to kill. And like seventh-grader Nicole Lovell, the 19-year-old Virginia Tech student had endured health challenges, though Keepers’ ...

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