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Judge allows access to JIRC file on Pomrenke (access required)

A U.S. magistrate judge will allow federal prosecutors access to portions of the file of Virginia’s Judicial Inquiry and Review Commission on ethics charges against Bristol Judge Kurt Pomrenke. U.S. Magistrate Judge Pamela Meade Sargent said the need to protect ...

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Chesapeake to pay $200K to settle with man shot by police

CHESAPEAKE (AP) A Delaware man accidentally shot by a Chesapeake officer who was trying to serve a warrant will get $200,000 from the city. The Virginian-Pilot reports that the city agreed this week to pay Michael Lee Smith to settle a lawsuit ...

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Lawsuit filed against Charlottesville, state police leader

CHARLOTTESVILLE (AP) A Virginia man is suing the city of Charlottesville, its police chief and the Virginia State Police superintendent over their response to a white nationalist rally that descended into violence. Nexus Caridades Attorneys Inc. filed a complaint Thursday ...

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Flood relief: Texas allows out-of-state lawyers to help

The Texas Supreme Court has granted permission for out-of-state lawyers to practice law in the Lone Star state during Hurricane Harvey flood relief efforts. The Texas court will give conditional approval to lawyers willing to provide pro bono services to ...

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Judge: Prisons must recognize Nation of Islam offshoot sect

(AP) Virginia’s prison system must recognize an offshoot of the Nation of Islam as a religion and allow inmates who are followers to congregate and possess its publications, a federal judge ruled Monday. The Virginia Department of Corrections has long ...

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Ex-prosecutor writing play on her homicide cases

BOYCE (AP) — A former Virginia prosecutor is developing a play based on her experiences with 14 local homicide cases. Former Clarke County Commonwealth’s Attorney Suzanne “Suni” Mackall described her play entitled “Understanding 14” at Old Bethel Church in Boyce ...

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Attorney general says Virginia cities can move monuments

(AP) Virginia’s attorney general says localities can remove statues and monuments if there are no local restrictions. Mark Herring said Friday in an advisory opinion that localities must investigate what legal restrictions apply. Herring’s opinion comes after Charlottesville voted to ...

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Former US attorney to lead Charlottesville review

CHARLOTTESVILLE (AP) A former U.S. attorney will lead an independent review of Charlottesville’s response to three white nationalist rallies this summer, including one earlier this month that ended with deadly violence. The city announced Aug. 25 that Tim Heaphy, former ...

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Federal jury convicts investment advisor

(AP) A former University of Virginia football player has been convicted of running a $10 million fraud scheme that victimized more than 50 investors. A federal jury in Richmond on Thursday convicted 36-year-old Merrill Robertson of Chesterfield on 15 fraud-related ...

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Comments sought on remote MCLE courses

The Virginia State Bar Mandatory Continuing Legal Education Board is seeking comment on proposed changes in guidance regarding the standards for MCLE courses presented remotely. The proposed changes to Opinion 16 are intended to clarify the standards for approval of ...

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