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Police chief retires after criticism over rally

(AP) The first African-American police chief of Charlottesville retired Monday, about two weeks after a scathing independent review criticized his “slow-footed response” to violence at a white nationalist rally this summer. In a brief statement, the city did not give ...

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Governor’s budget includes Loudoun judgeship money (access required)

Advocates for funding an additional circuit judgeship in Loudoun County may have a leg up with Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s new budget. The final two-year state spending plan offered by the outgoing governor includes $288,822 each year to fund one vacant ...

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How an informant anchored a takedown of a Virginia gang

WASHINGTON (AP) In the pre-dawn on Dec. 6, hundreds of federal agents and police officers waited on alert outside 20 homes in the Washington area for the clock to hit 6 a.m. Once the hour arrived, law enforcement officers simultaneously ...

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Sands Anderson opens Williamsburg office (access required)

The Richmond-based firm of Sands Anderson has opened an office in Williamsburg, its sixth location. Joining the firm at that office is community association lawyer Elizabeth L. White, formerly of LeClairRyan. “With Liz joining the firm and our growing business ...

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Suspect in car attack faces new 1st-degree murder charge

CHARLOTTESVILLE (AP) The man accused of driving into a crowd protesting a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville faces a new charge of first-degree murder after a court hearing Thursday in which prosecutors presented surveillance video and other evidence against him. ...

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Lawyer sanctioned for violating bankruptcy stay (access required)

An Arlington County lawyer was held in contempt by a judge and then reprimanded by the Virginia State Bar for trying to collect fees from a former client in violation of a bankruptcy stay. Tara E. Steinnerd agreed to the ...

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Legal community gives kids a holiday boost

The Roanoke legal community turned out again for the 12th annual Santa at the Station event for children and their families living in Roanoke Valley shelters. The Dec. 8 holiday party was made possible by 48 volunteers, including lawyers, legal ...

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State senator proposes three-strikes law amendment

(AP) A Virginia state senator has submitted a bill to change the state’s three-strikes law to restore parole eligibility in certain cases. Democratic State Sen. Scott Surovell confirmed to The Virginian-Pilot he submitted the proposed legislation Monday. The bill would amend a ...

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Conrad to take senior status (access required)

U.S. District Judge Glen E. Conrad of Virginia’s Western District is taking senior status, his office reports. In a letter to President Trump, Conrad said he would assume senior status on Monday, Dec. 11, his assistant said. The move was ...

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Officials deny permit for violent rally anniversary event

CHARLOTTESVILLE (AP) Officials in Charlottesville have denied a permit requested by an organizer of the August white nationalist protest that turned violent. City Manager Maurice Jones wrote Monday that the “proposed demonstration or special event will present a danger to ...

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