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Case challenging driver’s license suspensions dismissed

(AP) A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit challenging a Virginia law automatically suspending the driver’s licenses of people who can’t pay court costs and fines. Judge Norman K. Moon said Monday that his court does not have jurisdiction over ...

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W&L jumps in law school rankings (access required)

Washington & Lee University moved from 40th to 28th in the latest rankings of law schools by U.S. News & World Report. The jump nearly reverses the school’s rankings drop in 2014, when it moved from 26th to 43rd. “While ...

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Trial over Virginia’s 2011 legislative boundaries begins

(AP) Virginia legislative boundaries being challenged by a redistricting advocacy group were approved with bipartisan support and are constitutionally sound, an attorney for the Republican-controlled House of Delegates said Monday during the opening of a trial over the 2011 electoral ...

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Lawyer: Dad charged in son’s death had collected insurance

MANASSAS (AP) According to prosecutors, Joaquin Shadow Rams had grown accustomed to living off the life insurance proceeds of dead family members. So when the money ran out, he turned to his 1-year-old son to cash in again. Rams’ murder ...

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Father charged in slaying of son goes on trial

MANASSAS (AP) A Virginia man is going on trial for the death of his 1-year-old son, more than four years after the boy’s death. Prosecutors say Joaquin Rams murdered his son Prince to collect on more than $500,000 in life ...

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6 arrested in insurance fraud scheme

(AP) Virginia prosecutors say six people have been arrested for their alleged roles in an insurance fraud scheme that involved setting 30 fires. Federal prosecutors say the defendants over the course of 16 years set fire to homes, trailers, mobile ...

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Norfolk court moves to control divorce docket (access required)

Unhappy couples have been flocking to Norfolk Circuit Court to file their divorces, and the judges there need a break. Statistics from the Supreme Court of Virginia indicate that last year, nearly 4,000 complaints for divorce – about 12 percent ...

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Vandeventer Black elects two to executive board (access required)

Deborah M. Casey and James R. Harvey were recently elected to serve alongside three other members of the Vandeventer Black Executive Board. Casey and Harvey are both partners with the Norfolk-based firm and join Michael L. Sterling, Mark S. Brennan ...

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Virginia AG: New Trump travel ban admits original was flawed

(AP) The Trump administration’s revised travel ban is an “incredible concession” and a tacit admission that the original ban was constitutionally flawed, Virginia’s attorney general said Monday. President Donald Trump issued a new executive order Monday restricting travel from six ...

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