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Execution date sought for man convicted in family’s slaying

(AP) The state attorney general’s office is seeking a January execution date for a man convicted of killing a family of four. Media outlets report that the attorney general’s office wrote Richmond Circuit Judge Beverly Snukals on Thursday, saying she ...

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Lawyer suspended 9 months for hit-and-run conviction (access required)

A lawyer ordered to defend his law license after a felony hit-and-run conviction has been suspended for nine months. Wright H. Lewis of Potomac Falls was involved in a 2014 accident involving injury in Fairfax County, according to court records. ...

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Lawyers fend off litigation abuse claim (access required)

Lawyers who represented Fluvanna County in an ill-fated bid to recoup losses from a high school bond issue have avoided liability in a backlash lawsuit filed by Davenport & Co. LLC. The Richmond investment firm contended it was a victim ...

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Judges move fast to fill GD vacancy (access required)

Roanoke Valley circuit judges wasted no time naming a replacement for retiring General District Judge Vincent A. Lilley this week. With an eye on possible budget cuts at the General Assembly, the judges appointed Roanoke lawyer Scott R. Geddes to ...

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Kindred named bankruptcy judge (access required)

Alexandria bankruptcy lawyer Klinette H. Kindred has been named as a U.S. Bankruptcy Court judge. Judges of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals selected Kindred to fill the vacancy created by the coming retirement of Judge Robert G. Mayer ...

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Grandmother gets 12 years in murder-for-hire plot

CULPEPER (AP) A Culpeper County grandmother will serve 12 years in state prison for putting a hit on relatives after losing custody of her grandson. Circuit Judge Richard Potter on Monday sentenced 45-year-old Tammy Smith Kelly of Stevensburg. She pleaded ...

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Feds bust monkey blood scam

ALEXANDRIA (AP) A broker of human blood and animal blood products in Winchester has pleaded guilty to shipping monkey blood but falsely labeling it as human. Phillip Lloyd of Clear Brook, 57, entered the plea Tuesday in federal court in ...

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Roanoke Valley bars split on endorsements (access required)

Bar associations in the Roanoke Valley have endorsed two Roanoke attorneys for a coming vacancy on the general district bench. The Roanoke Bar Association voted Nov. 8 to endorse Melissa W. Friedman for the seat to be vacated by the ...

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Somali pirates resentenced, 2 get life terms

NORFOLK (AP) Two Somali pirates have been sentenced to life in prison, and a third has received 33 years because he cooperated with prosecutors in a separate piracy case. U.S. District Judge Raymond Jackson issued the life sentences Monday after ...

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90 years for man who killed 3 family members

(AP) A Virginia man who pleaded guilty to killing his parents and his sister at their home last year has been sentenced to 90 years. Local news agencies report 29-year-old Carl V. Hughes IV was sentenced to 150 years in ...

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