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Dragas wins committee backing in Senate

(AP) — The University of Virginia board member whose attempt to fire the school’s president prompted a two-week campus revolt moved a step closer to reappointment to a second term Tuesday. The Senate Privileges and Elections Committee voted 12-3 to ...

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Assembly elects Thorne-Begland, other incumbent judges

Largely suppressing any public disagreement, the Virginia General Assembly last Tuesday reversed last year’s rejection of an openly gay judge candidate with the election of Tracy Thorne-Begland to a full term on the Richmond General District Court bench. Thorne-Begland was ...

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Committee approves raising judge retirement age

The Senate Court of Justice Committee has approved raising the mandatory retirement age for Virginia judges from 70 to 73. The panel, by a ten-to-five vote, approved the measure offered by Sen. Chap Petersen, D-Fairfax, and incorporated a similar bill ...

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Judges, including Thorne-Begland, certified by courts committee

In a block vote, the Virginia House Courts of Justice Committee today certified candidates interviewed in December and today for judicial posts they currently occupy. That includes Richmond General District Court Judge Tracy Thorne-Begland, an openly gay former prosecutor appointed ...

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The Unusual Suspects (access required)

As the 2013 General Assembly session opened last week, a newly formed group of business leaders and lobbyists launched a well-financed campaign pushing dramatic changes to the rules for civil lawsuits in Virginia under the broad banner of “tort reform.” ...

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Judges could not use foreign law in divorce (access required)

With foreign-born persons now representing more than 11 percent of Virginia’s population, and more than 20 percent in three Northern Virginia counties, courts are being called upon more often to interpret foreign law, especially in divorce cases. One bill introduced ...

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