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Former Va. 1st lady faces sentencing for corruption

(AP) For more than a month, Maureen McDonnell quietly listened as witnesses portrayed her as a hostile and rapacious governor’s wife whose greed led to her husband’s downfall as well as her own. Enduring such highly public humiliation is punishment ...

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Mortgage assistance operation leads to lawyer’s suspension

A Virginia lawyer has agreed to a one-year suspension for his role in a mortgage assistance business targeted by numerous customer complaints. Multiple customers said they received no foreclosure help despite payments of as much as $1,990 to an account ...

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Snow delays some courts Wednesday

Snow is causing a second day of disruption at some courts around Virginia on Wednesday, Feb. 18. The Richmond offices of the Supreme Court of Virginia were to open at 10:15 a.m. The state courts may post a list of ...

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Snow closes many courts

The Supreme Court of Virginia has posted a list of court closures on its web page. The two-column list covers more than two pages. The court also advises: “Due to inclement weather, the Richmond offices of the Supreme Court of ...

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Lawyer suspended in Virginia is disbarred in Maryland

A Virginia lawyer who received a six-month suspension in Virginia last year for dropping the ball on a business client had his license revoked altogether by corresponding authorities in Maryland. One reason given was the failure of David P. Buehler ...

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Law firm pioneers use of Bitcoin

A Roanoke law firm has become the first in the region to accept the digital currency Bitcoin. The estate planning firm of Anderson Desimone and Green P.C. could be the first in the state to leap into the world of ...

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New app helps police catch phone thieves

CHESAPEAKE (AP) When a thief stole a smartphone recently in the Western Branch community here, the tech-savvy victim knew what to do. He had been shopping in December when he set down his phone, police said. Moments later, the Samsung ...

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Lawyer must file client’s appeal under proposed LEO

A court-appointed lawyer has a duty to file an appeal at the client’s request, even if the client pleaded guilty and the lawyer thinks the appeal would be frivolous, according to a proposed legal ethics opinion now up for comment. ...

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Pulley joins Gentry Locke in Lynchburg

Veteran Danville lawyer Glenn W. Pulley has joined Gentry Locke Rakes & Moore as a partner at the firm’s new Lynchburg office . Pulley has practiced for 38 years at Clement and Wheatley in Danville. In 2002, he was inducted ...

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