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Lawyer who faked hospital records suspended for 2 years

A lawyer who offered a phony explanation for missing a court appearance has agreed to surrender her law license for two years. Tanisha L. Robertson of Virginia Beach told a judge she recently had been hospitalized for asthma to explain ...

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$350,000 paid to settle 2013 jail heat stroke death case

A state self-insurance plan paid $350,000 to resolve claims against Richmond Sheriff C.T. Woody and staff members arising from the 2010 death of a city jail inmate. A federal judge sealed the terms of the 2013 settlement at the request ...

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Report cites multiple failures in Rolling Stone rape article

(AP) Rolling Stone is pledging to review its editorial practices but won’t fire anyone after a leading journalism school issued a blistering critique of how it reported and edited a discredited article about an alleged gang rape at the University ...

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Federal appeals court upholds 2 Somali pirates’ convictions

NORFOLK (AP) Two Somali pirates convicted in the shooting deaths of four Americans aboard a yacht off the coast of Africa got a fair trial, a federal appeals court ruled Friday. A three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court ...

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Norment admitted ‘seeing’ lobbyist, letter shows

In a response to an ethics complaint, state Sen. Thomas K. Norment Jr. disclosed a prior personal relationship with a registered lobbyist, according to The Virginian-Pilot, which obtained a copy of Norment’s 2013 letter. Norment’s letter was in response to ...

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Lawyer sentenced for refusal to pay income taxes

A Tysons Corner lawyer is going to prison for a year for refusing to pay his federal tax bills. William M. Weisberg, 53, was sentenced Wednesday to 12 months and one day in prison followed by three years of supervised ...

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Lawyer suspended after disrupting CLE

A lawyer accused of being intoxicated and disruptive at a Continuing Legal Education program last year has been suspended for six months and ordered to enroll in a two-year treatment and monitoring program. Witnesses accused Reston attorney Wayne R. Hartke ...

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