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Appeals court considers combatant immunity

(AP) The prosecution of a former Russian military officer accused of leading a Taliban attack on American forces is a radical departure from the U.S.’s long practice of treating fighters as enemy combatants instead of criminals, the man’s attorney argued ...

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Send in your large verdicts from 2016

Virginia Lawyers Weekly will be publishing its Largest Verdicts of 2016 edition on Jan. 16, 2017. If you have received a verdict of $1,000,000 or more this year, be sure you report it to us for the verdict to appear ...

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‘Norfolk Four’ seek pardons from governor

(AP) Four former sailors who have long claimed that police coerced them into falsely confessing to a 1997 rape and murder have asked Gov. Terry McAuliffe to formally declare that they are innocent, their attorneys said Thursday. The request for ...

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Judge stays action on Rolling Stone verdict

CHARLOTTESVILLE (AP) Enforcement of a jury’s decision in a defamation case against Rolling Stone has been put on hold while a judge considers the magazine’s challenge to the verdict. Jurors found in November that the magazine, its publisher and a ...

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VBA to move to larger offices

The Virginia Bar Association is moving to more spacious accommodations. The VBA’s new office and member center will be on the ninth floor of the Bank of America Center between Main and Cary Streets in downtown Richmond. At least half ...

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Man charged with wife’s 2014 poison murder

VERONA (AP) A Virginia man has been charged with first-degree murder in the death of his wife, who died from ingesting antifreeze in 2014. Augusta County Sheriff Donald Smith announced the charge Tuesday against 68-year-old David E. Vatter of Verona, ...

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Bar proposes revised client protection rules

The Virginia State Bar is seeking comments on a rewrite of the rules for the bar’s Clients’ Protection Fund. The lawyer-funded program reimburses victims of dishonest lawyers. A bar committee reviews and evaluates applications for payments from clients and others ...

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Appeals court scrutinizes ex-CIA officer’s leak conviction

(AP) A former CIA officer convicted of leaking classified details of an operation to stall Iran’s nuclear program should have his convictions tossed, in part because prosecutors improperly introduced evidence that the man had mishandled other classified material, an attorney ...

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Lyon sisters suspect faces new charges

MANASSAS (AP) The man charged in the 1975 slayings of two sisters who vanished from a suburban Maryland mall has been indicted on new charges in connection with an unrelated case in northern Virginia. Multiple news outlets report that a ...

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Las Vegas lawsuit leads to suspension for Va. lawyer (access required)

A Virginia lawyer who filed an ill-fated lawsuit against one half of the Las Vegas magic act “Siegfried & Roy” has lost his law license for 30 days. Not only did a Nevada judge dismiss the lawsuit that Fairfax attorney ...

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