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Lawyer resists disqualification bid, but client convicted

A former instructor at the Navy’s “Top Gun” fighter pilot school has been convicted of child pornography charges in a case marked by the government’s effort to force the defense lawyer to step aside. The prosecutors’ motion to disqualify attorney ...

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Longtime Richmond lawyer James Roberts is dead at 82 (access required)

Former Virginia State Bar president James C. Roberts of Richmond died March 8. He was 82. Mr. Roberts was for many years the managing partner of Mays & Valentine, before that firm merged with Troutman Sanders in 2001. Troutman Sanders ...

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U.S. Supreme Court declines to hear ex-Somali official’s case

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court has rejected an appeal from a former top official in Somalia who was ordered to pay $21 million to Somali victims of human-rights abuses. The justices did not comment Monday in letting stand ...

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44 former attorneys general back McDonnell appeal

(AP) Forty-four former state attorneys general urged a federal appeals court Monday to toss out former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell’s public corruption convictions. In a friend-of-the court brief, the 23 Democrats and 21 Republicans argued that McDonnell was convicted based ...

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State will raise judicial retirement age

After years of failed attempts, the General Assembly has finally approved raising the retirement age for state judges from 70 to 73, but only for appellate judges and recently elected trial judges. The measure would not apply to circuit and ...

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Legislation seeks to protect digital privacy after death

(AP) Does a person’s right to privacy extend past death? In this digital age, yes, according to legislation passed by the 2015 General Assembly — the first of its kind in the country. The Privacy Expectation Afterlife and Choices Act ...

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Judge partially unseals records in Matthew attempted murder case

FAIRFAX (AP) A judge on Friday partially unsealed the court file in a case involving a Charlottesville man charged with killing a University of Virginia student. Jesse Matthew, 33, is charged in Fairfax City with attempted murder and sexual assault ...

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Candidates announce for commonwealth’s attorney seats

A number of candidates for commonwealth’s attorney positions have made their intentions known this month. In Culpeper County, Paul Walther says he will try again to gain a full term in the seat he held on an interim basis until ...

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Court upholds stop for no-signal turn

A driver’s unsignaled left-hand turn let an officer down the road stop the car, the Virginia Court of Appeals said when it upheld a marijuana conviction for a passenger in the car. The possibility that the unsignaled turn might have ...

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Herring: School boards can ban discrimination against gays

(AP) Local school boards in Virginia have authority to include sexual orientation and gender identity in their anti-discrimination policies, according to the state’s attorney general. Democrat Mark Herring’s written opinion reverses one issued in 2002 by a Republican predecessor, Jerry ...

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