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VSB seeks comments on diversity funding

With a green light from the state attorney general’s office, the Virginia State Bar is testing the waters for a proposal to use bar dues to fund activities of the bar’s Diversity Conference. The Diversity Conference is one of four ...

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State bar pass rate rebounds slightly

Despite national worries about declining bar passage rates in the wake of reports of lowered admission standards at some law schools, the overall pass rate improved somewhat in Virginia this year. The rate of 71.05 percent for the July exam ...

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Full 4th Circuit to hear cell tracking appeal

BALTIMORE — The full 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said it will consider whether police need a search warrant to get the cellphone-tower records of suspected criminals in an effort to track down their whereabouts when the crime was ...

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Justices to hear Hanover sign dispute

ASHLAND (AP) A legal dispute between the owner of an RV dealership and Hanover County has reached the Supreme Court of Virginia. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports EMAC LLC, the owner of the land where McGeorge Rolling Hills RV Supercenter is ...

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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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