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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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VSB seeks lawyer discipline based on bankruptcy court penalty

While state court rules on reciprocal discipline remain under review by a Virginia State Bar committee, the VSB’s Disciplinary Board is seeking to suspend a lawyer’s license based on a four-month suspension by the regional bankruptcy court. The bar’s action ...

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Parents of Virginia boy found in septic tank charged

DUBLIN (AP) The parents of a 5-year-old boy found dead in a septic tank have been charged with felony child abuse and neglect. Media outlets report that Pulaski County Sheriff Jim Davis announced the arrests of Ashley Jennifer White and ...

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Expelled college student says sex was role playing, not rape

McLEAN (AP) A student expelled from George Mason University for violating its sexual misconduct policy is suing in federal court to clear his name, arguing that an encounter with a girlfriend was sadomasochistic role playing, not sexual assault. A hearing ...

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Felony indictments dismissed against Morrissey

(AP) A former state lawmaker who pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor in a sex scandal involving a teenager will no longer face felony charges in the case. A circuit court judge on Wednesday dismissed four felony counts accusing former Del. Joseph ...

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Inmate sentenced for trying to extort money from state senator

(AP) A former state inmate is headed to a federal prison for trying to extort money from a Virginia lawmaker. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that 37-year-old Christopher John Burruss received a two-year sentence on Wednesday from U.S. District Judge James ...

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Mom’s conviction for leaving child in car upheld (access required)

A mother who left her sleeping child in a car seat with the car running while she shopped at a grocery store has lost her appeal of a conviction for contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Although store employees ...

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Two lawsuits filed to save Sweet Briar

Two lawsuits filed Monday both ask a circuit judge to block the planned closing of Sweet Briar College. In one suit, the Amherst county attorney filed for an injunction on behalf of the state of Virginia, saying the college board ...

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State Fair lawsuit to proceed against law firm

A Richmond judge will allow claims from a would-be purchaser of the Virginia State Fair to go forward against the Williams Mullen law firm and the Virginia Farm Bureau Federation. Retired Richmond circuit Judge Theodore J. Markow rejected initial defenses ...

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