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Ethics allegation against assistant AG dismissed

An allegation of an ethical violation by the director of the capital litigation unit for the Virginia attorney general’s office has been dismissed at the request of the lawyer appointed to prosecute the case. The charge against Katherine Baldwin Burnett ...

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Montgomery County judges recuse themselves from VT suit

The Virginia Tech shooting lawsuits have been assigned to Judge Colin Gibb of Pulaski since the circuit judges of Montgomery County cited conflicts of interest. The families of shooting victims Julia Pryde and Erin Peterson are suing the state, Virginia ...

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Lawyer lands 73-pound cobia

We know we could be opening quite a can of worms by posting lawyer fish stories here, but it’s hard to resist. Here’s a shot of Richmond solo Ed Meade struggling to hold up his 62-inch, 73-pound cobia at a ...

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Carr gets Chesterfield judgeship

Twelfth Circuit judges have appointed D. Gregory Carr, a substitute judge and partner in the firm of Bowen, Champlin, Carr, Foreman & Rockecharlie, to the Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court that covers Chesterfield County and Colonial Heights. Carr succeeds ...

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AG alleges VCPA violation by employment companies

Attorney General Bill Mims is accusing three related companies of defrauding job-seekers in Hampton Roads. The complaint in Norfolk Circuit Court alleges that Virginia Employment Services Inc., Virginia Personnel Inc. and New Beginnings Inc. violated the Virginia Consumer Protection Act. ...

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Gas station will pay $2,200 for price gouging

A Lynchburg area gas station cut a deal with the attorney general’s office for charging $5.399 per gallon as Hurricane Ike approached last September. Timberlake Citgo is setting aside $200 to give partial refunds to the 29 customers who filled ...

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Treasurer accused of theft at upscale community

Michael Comer, the treasurer of a homeowners group at a Charlottesville-area gated community, is accused of taking more than $666,000 from the organization’s accounts. Comer had been missing since July 1, when he failed to show up for a meeting ...

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Terrorist sentenced to life

A Virginia man convicted of plotting to kill President George W. Bush was sentenced to life in prison yesterday. The Washington Post reports that Ahmed Omar Abu Ali of Falls Church was convicted in 2005 of joining an al-Qaeda conspiracy ...

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Wii gesture aimed at client base

Appomattox nursing home liability lawyer Bob Carter is no doubt making friends with some regional nursing home residents with a gift of 18 Wii gaming stations.  Carter said he donated the video game consoles last week to residents councils at ...

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Gov. candidates would reinstate judicial evaluations

Both Republican Bob McDonnell and Democrat Creigh Deeds apparently would restore the moribund program that gave lawyers, jurors, and citizens a voice in Virginia’s judicial selection process. At the initial debate between the two candidates for governor, both endorsed a ...

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