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Prosecutors can’t revive Morrissey charges

Prosecutors are barred from reinstating felony charges against former Virginia State Delegate Joseph Morrissey. On Sept. 22, the Virginia Court of Appeals dismissed the commonwealth’s appeal of dismissal of those charges. In its appeal, the commonwealth sought to revive charges ...

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UVa reaches agreement to end sex-assault investigation

(AP) The University of Virginia and the Department of Education have reached an agreement over its handling of sexual assault complaints, ending a yearslong federal investigation into the school’s procedures and policies, university and federal officials said Monday. UVa has ...

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Former peanut exec gets 28 years in prison for outbreak

ALBANY, Ga. (AP) Before federal marshals led him from the courtroom en route to prison, possibly for the rest of his life, Stewart Parnell apologized years after his company’s peanut butter spawned a deadly outbreak of salmonella poisoning. The former ...

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Chief justice recalls drug court roots

WINTERGREEN — Trial court judges share a common problem. They affect the lives of thousands of people but they have no way to recall the individual names and faces as they come and go through their courtrooms. And not all ...

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Top drug cop is bar speaker

Chuck Rosenberg, the Acting Administrator of the DEA, is the speaker for an annual lecture sponsored by the Northern Virginia Chapter of the Federal Bar Association. Rosenberg is former chief of staff and senior counselor to the FBI and former ...

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Lawyer convicted on drug charges gets 2-year suspension

A Wise lawyer who admitted to prescription fraud and served 20 months in federal prison now has a date when he might return to law practice. In an agreement with the Virginia State Bar, R. Stuart Collins accepted a two-year ...

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Judge allows defense to point finger at former sheriff

FAIRFAX (AP) Defense lawyers for a man accused of killing three Alexandria residents over a 10-year span will be allowed to present evidence that they believe implicates a former sheriff in one of the deaths. At a pretrial hearing Thursday, ...

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Hettrick recognized for pro bono leadership

George H. Hettrick of Richmond is the 2015 recipient of the Virginia State Bar’s Lewis F. Powell Jr. Pro Bono Award. Hettrick has led the pro bono efforts of Hunton & Williams for 25 years. He was the driving force ...

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Maureen McDonnell makes final written plea to appeals court

(AP) Former Virginia first lady Maureen McDonnell has made her final written arguments to a federal appeals court that is reviewing her public corruption convictions. In a brief filed Wednesday night, McDonnell’s attorneys renewed their claim that federal bribery law ...

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Roush reappointed

Defying warnings from Republicans about his legal authority, Gov. Terry McAuliffe Wednesday reappointed Justice Jane Marum Roush to her tenuous seat on the Supreme Court of Virginia. Republican legislative leaders insisted the 2015 General Assembly still was technically in session, ...

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