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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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‘Phantom income’ counts for support

A father’s “phantom income” in the form of a forgivable loan will count in calculating his child support payment, a Virginia trial court said on Feb. 9. There are no Virginia cases precisely on point, but the broad language of ...

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Senate votes to raise felony threshold

A criminal would have to steal at least $500 worth of property or cash to be guilty of a felony under a proposal advancing at the General Assembly. The current felony trigger point is $200. Critics have called for reform ...

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VBA head welcomes House action on judgeships

The president of the Virginia Bar Association says the group welcomes a House of Delegates budget plan that would increase the number of funded state trial court judgeships to 402. VBA president Harry M. “Pete” Johnson III said the voluntary ...

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State Senate approves bill to continue lethal-injection executions

(AP) The Virginia Senate has passed legislation aimed at making sure the state can continue carrying out capital punishment by lethal injection. Passed 23-14 Tuesday after a contentious debate, Senate Minority Leader Richard Saslaw’s bill empowers the Department of Corrections ...

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Man tied to abduction of UVa student now charged with her murder

CHARLOTTESVILLE (AP) Nearly four months after his arrest in the disappearance of a University of Virginia student, Jesse Matthew Jr. has been indicted on a murder count in the case — but he won’t face the death penalty and still ...

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AG: No roadside cell search for texting evidence

A police officer who stops a suspected texting driver ordinarily cannot snatch a phone to find out if the driver had been texting, according to guidance from Virginia Attorney General Mark R. Herring. The legal interpretation comes in a Feb. ...

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Battle on 2 fronts over death penalty secrets

The Supreme Court of Virginia could decide whether the state prison system has to disclose records related to the death penalty process in the state. While the court agreed to hear arguments in a bid to unseal the workings of ...

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Officials to announce update in missing student case

CHARLOTTESVILLE (AP) New information is coming in the case of the man linked to two Virginia college students who disappeared and were later found dead. The police chief and the prosecutor in Albemarle County have scheduled a late-morning news conference ...

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