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Initiative aims to connect abuse victims to services

(AP) Some Virginia law enforcement officials are being equipped with cellphones that will help them connect domestic violence victims to services. Through a partnership with Attorney General Mark Herring, Verizon Wireless is loaning 500 mobile phones to Virginia law enforcement officers to ...

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Byrd to head state magistrate agency (access required)

Mason L. Byrd has been named director of Virginia’s Department of Magistrate Services. Byrd, who has served as Magistrate System Coordinator, was elevated to the director’s job effective Sept. 15. The announcement was made by Karl R. Hade, executive secretary ...

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Phone scammers demand money for missed jury duty

VIRGINIA BEACH (AP) Authorities in Virginia city are investigating dozens of reports that involve a jury duty scam. Scam artists have called several people in Virginia Beach and demanded a fee for missing jury duty, The Virginian-Pilot reports. The most ...

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Court eases lawyer’s duty when client wants to lie (access required)

Over the objections of state prosecutors, Virginia lawyers will not have to rush to disclose a client’s expressed plan to lie under oath. The Supreme Court of Virginia has enacted rule changes – effective in December – that make it ...

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Mother sues officer in fatal shooting

SUFFOLK (AP)  A woman is suing a Virginia police officer who shot and killed her son while he was carrying a BB gun. Media outlets report attorneys for Corey Achstein’s mother filed the $8 million wrongful death lawsuit Monday against ...

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Heath in line for VSB presidency (access required)

Without opposition, Newport News personal injury lawyer Leonard C. Heath Jr. is now in the pipeline to the presidency of the Virginia State Bar. Heath petitioned to run for bar president-elect last fall, presenting the required 50 signatures of bar ...

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Hanover will be latest community with drug treatment court

HANOVER (AP) Hanover is poised to become the latest Virginia community with a special drug treatment court docket aimed at combating substance abuse. Hanover Circuit Court Chief Judge J. Overton Harris tells the Richmond Times-Dispatch that the drug treatment project ...

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Justices won’t hear death row inmate appeals

(AP) Two of Virginia’s death row inmates were turned away by the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday. The high court declined to hear the appeals of Ivan Teleguz, who was convicted of hiring a man to kill his ex-girlfriend; and ...

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Correction: Transgender Military Insurance story

ALEXANDRIA (AP)  In a story Oct. 2 about new military health benefits for transgender-related services, The Associated Press erroneously reported the agency for which Alexandra Snyder works. She’s a spokeswoman for Fort Belvoir Community Hospital, not Fort Belvoir. A corrected ...

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Lobby bar for law firms extends to consulting firms (access required)

The Supreme Court of Virginia says ethics guidelines that prevent lawyers from lobbying the General Assembly if another law firm member is a state legislator also extend to firm-owned consulting units. The court on Sept. 30 approved a legal ethics ...

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