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Former FDIC attorney sentenced for bank fraud (access required)

A Northern Virginia woman – a former senior attorney at the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. – has been sentenced to a year behind bars for a phony short sale of her home. In a short sale, the proceeds from a ...

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Smith elected ACTL president

Richmond lawyer Michael W. Smith is the 66th president of the American College of Trial Lawyers, an invitation-only society dedicated to improving trial practice and civil justice. Smith is only the fourth Virginia lawyer to hold the position of president. ...

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Lawyers to offer estate planning advice for vets

(AP) Lawyers will provide free estate planning services to low-income Virginia veterans at a series of clinics early next month. Attorney General Mark Herring says the first-ever pro bono Veterans Legal Services Clinics are a partnership of his office, the ...

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Mother indicted 10 years after son’s death

HAMPTON (AP) A woman whose son’s body was found in her car more than 10 years after he was last seen alive has been charged with murder in his death. Tonya Slaton of Richmond was indicted Feb. 1 in Hampton ...

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Justices hear appeal involving natural gas pipeline

(AP) The Supreme Court of Virginia is considering the arguments of a group of southwest landowners in the path of a natural gas pipeline. Justices heard an appeal Tuesday in Richmond involving the Mountain Valley Pipeline. Its proposed route covers ...

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Attorney general announces magazine refunds

(AP) Attorney General Mark Herring says 265 Virginians are receiving restitution checks as part of a judgment against a door-to-door magazine sales company. Herring said in a news release that the state’s share of the judgment is more than $20,000. ...

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Scalia said to have died of ‘natural causes’

WASHINGTON (AP) U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia died of natural causes and no autopsy was necessary, a judge has told The Associated Press. Chris Lujan, a manager for Sunset Funeral Homes in Texas, said the 79-year-old jurist’s body was ...

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Justice Antonin Scalia dead at 79

WASHINGTON (AP) Antonin Scalia, the influential conservative and most provocative member of the Supreme Court, has died. He was 79. The U.S. Marshals Service in Washington confirmed that Scalia died at a private residence in the Big Bend area of ...

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Va. Supreme Court upholds juvenile’s sentence reduction

(AP) The Virginia Supreme Court has upheld the constitutionality of former Gov. Bob McDonnell’s order reducing a juvenile’s six life sentences for armed robbery. In Friday’s 4-3 decision, the justices said the reduction of Travion Blount’s sentence to 40 years ...

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Three lawsuits name one police officer (access required)

Saying an Albemarle County police officer repeatedly targeted African-American males for traffic stops and intrusive searches, two civil rights lawyers have filed three separate lawsuits against the officer. The lawsuits – all filed in Albemarle County Circuit Court – name ...

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