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Ex-SEAL to pay $6.6 million to settle case over book

WASHINGTON (AP) The former Navy SEAL who wrote a book about his role in the raid that killed Osama bin Laden will pay the government more than $6.6 million for violating non-disclosure agreements and publishing without getting the document cleared ...

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Change sought in impeachment rule

A Virginia court committee is proposing to allow litigators to impeach their own witnesses, bringing the Virginia impeachment rule in line with those used in most other U.S. courts. The Advisory Committee on Rules of Court, a panel of the ...

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Ex-Del. Hamilton seeks relief after McDonnell ruling

(AP) A former Virginia lawmaker serving a nearly 10-year prison sentence for a bribery and extortion conviction hopes the recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling in ex-Gov. Bob McDonnell’s corruption case could set him free. Phil Hamilton asked the 4th U.S. ...

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Woman guilty of perjury in Lyon sisters case

BEDFORD (AP) A woman accused of impeding an investigation into the slayings of two missing Maryland sisters 41 years ago has been found guilty of perjury. Patricia Welch entered an Alford plea in a Bedford County courtroom Tuesday to the ...

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VWAA announces new slate of officers (access required)

The Virginia Women Attorneys Association has announced its new slate of officers for the 2016-2017 year. They include: Joan McKenna of Richmond, president; Michelle Parker of Norfolk, president-elect; Claire Keena of Woodbridge, secretary; Cynthia Revesman of Fairfax, treasurer; and Betsy ...

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Karison to head Court Improvement Program

Virginia Supreme Court staffer Sandra L. Karison has been selected as director of the Court Improvement Program. The appointment was effective Aug. 10, according to Karl R. Hade, Executive Secretary of the Supreme Court of Virginia. Karison succeeds the late ...

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Justices cowed by Assembly, McAuliffe says

(AP) Gov. Terry McAuliffe said Monday he believes four conservative Virginia justices were “scared” to side against Republican leaders in the court’s recent opinion on felon voting rights. In a 4-3 ruling, the Supreme Court of Virginia ruled last month ...

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Immigration advocate accused of defrauding clients

ALEXANDRIA (AP) The leader of a Virginia organization for Latino immigrants has been accused of defrauding her clients by pretending to be an immigration attorney. The Washington Post reports that Rose Sanchez-Canete is expected to face a trial this week after ...

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VLW parent rebrands as BridgeTower Media

The Dolan Company, the B2B media arm of Pittsford, New York-based Gate­House Media LLC and parent company of Virginia Lawyers Weekly, has announced a new company name — BridgeTower Media — and a website and logo as part of a ...

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Council: UVA board meeting may have violated FOI law

CHARLOTTESVILLE (AP) State officials say the University of Virginia’s Board of Visitors might have violated the Freedom of Information Act when it held a closed-door meeting to discuss a new investment fund. News outlets report that the state’s Freedom of ...

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