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Spencer named ‘Leader of the Year’

Richmond U.S. District Judge James R. Spencer was named “Leader of the Year” by the 2015 class of Leaders in the Law. Virginia Lawyers Weekly’s Leaders in the Law program, now in its 10th year, honors attorneys and others who ...

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Jury hears closing argument in Alexandria triple murder case

FAIRFAX (AP) A Virginia man’s hatred for the city of Alexandria after losing a child custody case drove him to murder three of the city’s more prominent residents over the course of a decade, prosecutors said Wednesday in closing arguments ...

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Decision expected in Virginia Beach investigation

VIRGINIA BEACH (AP) A special prosecutor says he will decide by the end of next week whether to bring misdemeanor charges against Virginia Beach’s mayor. Michael Doucette, the commonwealth’s attorney in Lynchburg, was appointed last year to review votes cast ...

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Plaintiffs appeal to U.S. Supreme Court in redistricting case

(AP) A group of Virginians who unsuccessfully challenged the state’s legislative boundaries in federal court is appealing a recent ruling to the U.S. Supreme Court. The group, which is backed by lawyers who frequently work for the Democratic Party, filed ...

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Farm owner faces animal cruelty charges

ORANGE (AP) Authorities say the owner of an animal rescue organization faces animal cruelty charges in connection with the neglect and mistreatment of dozens of animals. Orange County Commonwealth’s Attorney Dana Wheeler said Monday that Anne Goland of Peaceable Farms ...

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Former Bristol mayor pleads to fraud

ABINDGON (AP) A former Bristol mayor and utilities board member has pleaded guilty to federal charges stemming from a NASCAR ticket scheme. Paul Hurley pleaded guilty on Monday to mail fraud and lying to a federal grand jury. U.S. Attorney ...

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Lawyer disciplined again for sarcasm

Virginia Beach lawyer John G. “Jack” Crandley has been disciplined again by the Virginia State Bar for directing sarcasm at other attorneys. This time, the penalty could trigger a 90-day suspension under terms of a previous disciplinary order. Crandley’s Oct. ...

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Donation to help W&M law school

WILLIAMSBURG (AP) The College of William and Mary has received a $50 million donation that will help fund scholarships, teaching awards and facility improvements. The anonymous donation is the largest gift that the school has received in its 323-year history. ...

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Lumber Liquidators enters plea

NORFOLK (AP) Lumber Liquidators pleaded guilty Thursday to environmental crimes related to importing flooring manufactured in China from timber illegally logged in eastern Russia, the habitat for the world’s last remaining Siberian tigers and Amur leopards. The Toano-based company entered ...

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