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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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Matthew charged with Harrington murder

CHARLOTTESVILLE (AP) A grand jury has indicted a man already charged with killing a University of Virginia student with the death of a Virginia Tech student who disappeared in 2009. Jesse Leroy Matthew Jr. has been charged with first-degree murder ...

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McAuliffe adamant about reappointing Roush

Gov. Terry McAuliffe re-emphasized Tuesday his intention to reappoint Justice Jane Marum Roush to a second temporary term on the Supreme Court of Virginia despite the objections of Republican legislative leaders, who renewed warnings about weakened court authority. McAuliffe restated ...

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Federal court hears Virginia death row inmate’s appeal

(AP) A Virginia death row inmate should get an opportunity to show that his trial lawyers failed to present evidence that he was high on PCP when he murdered a Richmond couple and their two young daughters, the prisoner’s lawyers ...

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Group sues over state House and Senate districts

(AP) A third lawsuit was filed on Monday challenging the outcome of Virginia’s 2011 redistricting, claiming lawmakers in both parties are unfairly benefiting from gerrymandered districts. A nonprofit group, OneVirginia2021, backed a lawsuit filed on behalf of several Virginians in ...

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Roanoke settles suit stemming from wreck involving officer

ROANOKE (AP) The city of Roanoke has settled a lawsuit stemming from a traffic accident involving an on-duty police officer. The Roanoke Times reports the city paid $585,000 to settle the lawsuit filed by Helen Cunningham of Roanoke. The lawsuit ...

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Va. Supreme Court drops schedule for opinion release

The Supreme Court of Virginia now will release opinions when they are ready, without waiting for the court’s official sessions, according to an announcement on the court’s website. The court will no longer hold opinions for release during a session ...

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Charges tossed amid claims of prosecutor misconduct (access required)

After defense lawyers argued prosecutors unfairly influenced a grand jury, a Fauquier County judge dismissed seven felony charges against a former attorney accused of misappropriating client money. Prosecutors then withdrew two felony charges of making false statements on tax returns. ...

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