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Attorney admits stealing from his firm

A Bristol attorney has acknowledged pocketing fees from bankruptcy clients and keeping the money from his law firm. Tony M. Hutchinson then used his firm’s credit card to pay the court filing fees, according to a federal charge. Hutchinson, 52, ...

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Mediation today in Sweet Briar conflicts

An experienced mediator with a background in state government will try today to get the parties talking about whether there could be a future for Sweet Briar College. Mark E. Rubin, executive director of the Virginia Center for Consensus Building ...

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ACLU sues Fairfax County police over license-plate data

FAIRFAX (AP) The American Civil Liberties Union of Virginia is suing Fairfax County police over a policy in which they store data collected on thousands of drivers through the use of license-plate readers. The civil-liberties group filed the suit Tuesday ...

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Discrimination lawsuit against Va. principal withdrawn

FALLS CHURCH (AP) A discrimination lawsuit against a Fairfax County elementary school principal has been withdrawn. Court records at the federal courthouse in Alexandria indicate that the lawsuit was dismissed last week. Former and current school-system employees alleged sexual and ...

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New evidence leads to capital murder charge in U.Va. case

CHARLOTTESVILLE (AP) A prosecutor has obtained a capital murder indictment and says she plans to seek the death penalty against the man accused of the abduction and killing of a University of Virginia student. Albemarle County Commonwealth’s Attorney Denise Y. ...

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Lawyers get death settlement approved in separate court

Lawyers in a medical malpractice case involving the death of a cancer patient arranged for a judge in a rural courthouse to approve a $1.3 million settlement that avoided a pending trial in Roanoke city. The case was dismissed from ...

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Judge: Lawsuit by deaf inmate can go forward against sheriff

ALEXANDRIA (AP) A deaf man can go forward with his lawsuit against Arlington County Sheriff Beth Arthur after a federal judge said the allegations, if true, would amount to a serious violation of his constitutional rights. Abreham Zemedagegehu sued the ...

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Roanoke Bar Association honors members

ROANOKE – In what the senior honoree termed the “May-December Awards,” the Roanoke Bar Association recognized both legal promise and a lifetime of professionalism Friday at a Law Day gathering. William J. Lemon received the 2015 Frank W. “Bo” Rogers ...

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Pace of death sentences, executions slows in Virginia

(AP) A prosecutor’s decision not to seek a death penalty for the man accused of abducting and killing a University of Virginia student is emblematic of capital punishment’s decline across the country and in the state that once operated one ...

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