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Judge to rule on Shenandoah sanctions motion

In an update to a story in this week’s VLW, Shenandoah County Circuit Judge Dennis Hupp will not allow his jurisdiction to lapse before considering a sanctions motion against a political candidate and his lawyer. Judge Hupp entered an order ...

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Cuccinelli touts sunlight in budget process

Attorney General candidate Ken Cuccinelli hopes to shine a light into what he says is a state budget process so hidden from public view that it led to the flap over Del. Phil Hamilton’s state-funded college job. The Republican state ...

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VSB Council endorses payee notification

The Virginia State Bar Council endorsed payee notification this afternoon on a 39-25 vote. The vote was a sharp turnaround from a 54-7 rejection of the concept two years ago. That vote came before full disclosure of the extent of ...

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Juror secrecy debated in Staunton

Panelists at an open government conference today took shots from opposing directions at a proposal for anonymous juries in Virginia. A judge and a criminal defense lawyer were critical of the plan to make juror information confidential, while a prosecutor ...

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Heaphy is sworn in as federal prosecutor

Freshly confirmed by the U.S. Senate, Tim Heaphy was sworn in this morning as U.S. attorney for the Western District of Virginia. Chief U.S. District Judge James P. Jones administered the oath of office at the Abingdon federal courthouse, according ...

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Federal jury considers schools’ ban on news reporter

A Buchanan County news reporter is trying to convince a jury that county school leaders improperly banned him from school property because they didn’t like his stories. Earl Cole, publisher of The Voice, claims that the school board defamed him ...

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Mortgage broker gets 20 years in fraud scheme

U.S. District Judge Robert Doumar sentenced a former Newport News mortgage broker to 20 years in prison for running a mortgage fraud scheme out of his house. According to the Daily Press, Richard N. Garries had been found guilty of ...

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Battlefield preservationists lack standing, county says

The Orange County Board of Supervisors says the lawsuit seeking to block construction of a Walmart in a historic battlefield area is no more than a policy disagreement and should be dismissed. The lawsuit, filed Sept. 25, claims that supervisors ...

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Battlefield preservationists lack standing, county says

The Orange County Board of Supervisors says the lawsuit seeking to block construction of a Walmart in a historic battlefield area is no more than a policy disagreement and should be dismissed. The lawsuit, filed Sept. 25, claims that supervisors ...

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