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Retailer agrees to settlement with states

NORFOLK (AP) A retailer based in Norfolk that sold furniture and other products on credit to military families has agreed to a settlement that will result in nearly $100 million of forgiven debt and restitution. Attorney General Mark Herring said ...

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Caregiver in ‘baby fight club’ gets 33 months in jail

MANASSAS (AP) A former daycare worker convicted of child cruelty in what prosecutors described as a “baby fight club” was sentenced to nearly three years in prison, the maximum term the judge could impose. A jury convicted Kierra Spriggs, 26, ...

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Man convicted in same-sex kidnap case

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) A Virginia businessman was convicted Thursday of international parental kidnapping and conspiracy for helping a mother take her daughter out of the country to avoid losing custody to her former partner. A federal jury in Buffalo returned ...

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Bar Council to consider impairment guidance

The Virginia State Bar’s Ethics Committee has approved proposed LEO 1886, which will be submitted to the VSB Council for consideration next month. The proposed LEO concerns the duty of partners and supervisory lawyers in a law firm when another ...

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Lawyer revoked for cover-up (access required)

A suspended Fairfax lawyer has lost his license after an ill-advised appearance in a Loudoun County courtroom and his efforts to cover up his mistake. Michael A. Ward’s license was suspended in February of last year for 12 months. Nearly ...

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Woman charged in toddler’s death not competent for trial

(AP) A judge has ruled that a woman charged with first-degree murder in the beating death of a toddler is not competent to stand trial. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that defense attorney Leonard McCall requested an evaluation of 25-year-old Danielle ...

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Discrimination suit against Catholic home resolved

(AP) A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by the former administrator of a Catholic assisted living facility who said he was fired for his sexual orientation. The judge dismissed the suit Monday after the plaintiff, John Murphy, made ...

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McAuliffe says he’s restored voting rights to 60,000

(AP) Gov. Terry McAuliffe says he’s restored voting and other civil rights to more than 60,000 felons since taking office. The Democratic governor made the comments Wednesday during an interview on WTOP radio. That means McAuliffe has restored voting rights ...

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Prosecutors paddle for a cause (access required)

Three Southwest Virginia commonwealth’s attorneys will compete in a kayak race Saturday to help raise awareness of domestic violence prevention efforts. October is annually designated as Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Advocates across the nation will spotlight efforts to curb physical ...

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Law firm honored for pro bono work (access required)

The Harrisonburg law firm of Hoover Penrod PLC is the winner of this year’s Lewis F. Powell Jr. Pro Bono Award. The firm was nominated for the award by John Whitfield, executive director of Blue Ridge Legal Services Inc., and ...

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