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No end in sight in Virginia Supreme Court spat

(AP) Virginia Supreme Court Justice Jane Marum Roush is about to lose her dream job. Whether she gets it back is still unclear. Roush’s temporary appointment to the high court ends Friday, as Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe and state Republican ...

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Herring receives Carrico Professionalism Award

The Virginia State Bar Criminal Law Section has presented its 2016 Harry L. Carrico Professionalism Award to Richmond Commonwealth’s Attorney Michael N. Herring. Among those nominating Herring were Washington lawyers James A. Bensfield and Jonathan Kossak who represented Michael Kenneth ...

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Virginia House OKs electric chair as backup in executions

(AP) A bill that would allow Virginia prison officials to execute inmates in the electric chair if lethal-injection drugs are unavailable sailed through the state’s Republican-dominated House of Delegates on Feb. 10. The measure will now face its real test ...

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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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