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Lawmakers to target exploitation of elderly

(AP) — Advocates of tougher laws against financial exploitation of the elderly and mentally incapacitated will press their case in the General Assembly again in 2013, this time with the imprimatur of the Virginia State Crime Commission. Legislation dealing with ...

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Crime panel endorses legislative proposals

(AP) The Virginia State Crime Commission endorsed legislation Dec. 5 to increase penalties for illegal cigarette trafficking and for texting while driving. The panel also backed proposals to toughen the state’s police officer decertification law and allow the collection of ...

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Report criticizes Va. judges on child abuse cases

Only a small percentage of suspected crimes against children are prosecuted in Virginia, and very few of those cases result in meaningful prison sentences, a child advocacy group says in a new report. The National Association to PROTECT Children sent the ...

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Judge choices dominate legal highlights for 2012 (access required)

Judges and judgeships again made headlines in Virginia legal news in 2012, with the General Assembly earning national attention with its rejection of an openly gay candidate for a general district court seat. The leading VLW story was a report ...

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Payee notification passes VSB Council unanimously (access required)

ROANOKE – A plan to require insurance companies to notify clients of insurance claim payments made to their lawyers won unanimous approval from the Virginia State Bar council Oct. 19. The proposal had a tangled and contentious history. Approval came ...

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