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Ex-city attorney plans to appeal fake threat conviction

PETERSBURG (AP) A former Petersburg city attorney plans to appeal after being convicted of making up threats to get a city council meeting cancelled. Lawyer Brian Telfair was found guilty of filing the false report last year, The Progress-Index reported ...

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Judge weighs fate of Charlottesville Confederate monument

CHARLOTTESVILLE (AP) A circuit judge heard arguments but didn’t issue a final ruling Friday on whether a lawsuit over Charlottesville’s decision to remove the Confederate monument that helped spark a violent white nationalist rally should go to trial. After an ...

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Applicants sought for federal judgeship

Virginia’s two U.S. senators are accepting applications for the Alexandria federal judgeship to be vacated this month by the retirement of U.S. District Judge Gerald Bruce Lee. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine have asked the Virginia State Bar ...

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Judge allows access to JIRC file on Pomrenke (access required)

A U.S. magistrate judge will allow federal prosecutors access to portions of the file of Virginia’s Judicial Inquiry and Review Commission on ethics charges against Bristol Judge Kurt Pomrenke. U.S. Magistrate Judge Pamela Meade Sargent said the need to protect ...

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Chesapeake to pay $200K to settle with man shot by police

CHESAPEAKE (AP) A Delaware man accidentally shot by a Chesapeake officer who was trying to serve a warrant will get $200,000 from the city. The Virginian-Pilot reports that the city agreed this week to pay Michael Lee Smith to settle a lawsuit ...

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Lawsuit filed against Charlottesville, state police leader

CHARLOTTESVILLE (AP) A Virginia man is suing the city of Charlottesville, its police chief and the Virginia State Police superintendent over their response to a white nationalist rally that descended into violence. Nexus Caridades Attorneys Inc. filed a complaint Thursday ...

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Flood relief: Texas allows out-of-state lawyers to help

The Texas Supreme Court has granted permission for out-of-state lawyers to practice law in the Lone Star state during Hurricane Harvey flood relief efforts. The Texas court will give conditional approval to lawyers willing to provide pro bono services to ...

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Judge: Prisons must recognize Nation of Islam offshoot sect

(AP) Virginia’s prison system must recognize an offshoot of the Nation of Islam as a religion and allow inmates who are followers to congregate and possess its publications, a federal judge ruled Monday. The Virginia Department of Corrections has long ...

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Ex-prosecutor writing play on her homicide cases

BOYCE (AP) — A former Virginia prosecutor is developing a play based on her experiences with 14 local homicide cases. Former Clarke County Commonwealth’s Attorney Suzanne “Suni” Mackall described her play entitled “Understanding 14” at Old Bethel Church in Boyce ...

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Attorney general says Virginia cities can move monuments

(AP) Virginia’s attorney general says localities can remove statues and monuments if there are no local restrictions. Mark Herring said Friday in an advisory opinion that localities must investigate what legal restrictions apply. Herring’s opinion comes after Charlottesville voted to ...

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