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Richmond attorney receives two honors

Richmond attorney Jason Konvicka recently received two honors for his work as a personal injury attorney. Konvicka was inducted into the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, an invite-only honorary for elite lawyers. Its current members span more than 30 countries and ...

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Lawmaker preparing bill for marijuana decriminalization

(AP) A Virginia lawmaker says he’s working on a bill to decriminalize marijuana. Senate majority leader Tommy Norment does not support full legalization of the drug. But the Republican said possessing it would be a civil offense subject to a ...

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Florida man charged in 1995 sex assault of 4 women

RESTON (AP) Police say that DNA evidence has led to the arrest of a Florida man who now stands accused of sexually assaulting four women in a northern Virginia apartment more than 20 years ago. Fairfax County police on Monday ...

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Regent rises, Richmond drops on bar exam (access required)

Regent University’s law school vaulted to the top of the bar results chart this year with a 94.59 percent pass rate for the July Virginia bar exam. Last year, Regent’s overall rate was 76.32, next to last among Virginia’s eight ...

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Judge allows self-abortion case to proceed

CHESTERFIELD (AP) A Virginia judge has cleared the way for the prosecution of a woman charged with self-aborting her late-term fetus. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reported Friday that a Chesterfield Circuit Court judge denied a motion to dismiss the charge against Michelle F. ...

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Boente resigning as U.S. attorney

ALEXANDRIA (AP) Dana Boente, the U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, announced his resignation Friday, but said he plans to stay on until a successor is in place. Boente, a career prosecutor who has also served as acting ...

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Court asked to decide whether to limit electronics searches

(AP) A federal appeals court is being asked to decide whether to place limits on the government’s ability to search electronic devices at airports. The American Civil Liberties Union argues that searches should not be conducted without a warrant or ...

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Lumber Liquidators plans $36M settlement in flooring cases

TOANO (AP) Lumber Liquidators has agreed to a $36 million settlement to resolve claims brought on behalf of people who bought Chinese-manufactured laminate flooring reported to contain unsafe levels of formaldehyde. The Virginia-based company said Tuesday that it has signed ...

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Virginia Supreme Court to hear appeal in redistricting case

(AP) Virginia’s Supreme Court has agreed to hear an appeal by a redistricting advocacy group challenging a judge’s decision upholding 11 state House and Senate districts. The court on Tuesday granted a petition filed by the advocacy group OneVirginia2021, which ...

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VSB again takes aim at Avvo (access required)

The Virginia State Bar’s Standing Committee on Legal Ethics has revived its effort to discourage Virginia lawyers from participating in Avvo Legal Services. Avvo advertises limited-scope legal services from Virginia attorneys for fixed legal fees to be paid in advance. ...

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