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Court appoints judges for VW motions (access required)

The Supreme Court of Virginia has named three circuit judges to guide the possible consolidation of Volkswagen “cheating diesel” cases in state courts. Volkswagen’s U.S. subsidiary hopes to transfer current and future state court cases arising from the company’s dirty ...

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Pleas expected in slayings of 2 students

(AP) A former hospital worker is expected to plead guilty in the high-profile slayings of two college students in Virginia, a prosecutor said Monday. Albemarle County Commonwealth’s Attorney Robert Tracci announced the plea agreements in Jesse LeRoy Matthew Jr.’s cases ...

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Judge apologizes for behavior (access required)

A Richmond-area general district judge reportedly wrote four letters of apology to clerks in the courts he served, saying he was “truly sorry” for “offensive conduct and statements.” Judge Robert B. Beasley Jr. is now sitting in only two of ...

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Bar approves diversity funding (access required)

Leaders of the Virginia State Bar resoundingly approved using bar dues to pay for programs of the VSB Diversity Conference Saturday, rejecting concerns about the appearance of coerced funding of political advocacy. The Feb. 27 recommendation of the VSB Council ...

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Lynch praises new US Attorney

ALEXANDRIA (AP) Attorney General Loretta Lynch is praising the new U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia as one of the Justice Department’s most versatile lawyers. Lynch spoke Friday at the installation ceremony in Alexandria for U.S. Attorney Dana ...

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Attorney arrested on stolen check charge (access required)

A Winchester lawyer has been arrested for allegedly stealing and depositing three checks from the father of her child. Media reports and court records say Shelly R. Collette was arrested Wednesday for larceny of checks valued at greater than $200. ...

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Panel kills bill that sought to make police names secret

(AP) A Virginia bill that would have allowed the government to shield the names of police officers from the public was killed by a legislative committee Thursday after a fierce debate that pitted open records advocates against law enforcement groups. ...

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Charge: Lawyer submitted bogus pay records (access required)

An Augusta County lawyer is accused of profiting from falsified pay records he presented to bolster clients’ claims for lost wages. Franklin C. Coyner of Stuarts Draft was directly indicted in November on a felony charge of grand larceny by ...

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Assembly approves regulating fantasy sports

(AP) The Virginia General Assembly has passed legislation regulating the fast-growing but embattled online fantasy industry. Lawmakers gave final approval Wednesday to legislation that formally legalizes and regulates sites like FanDuel and DraftKings. A spokesman for DraftKings said Virginia is ...

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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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