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Ebert will not seek another term (access required)

Virginia’s longest-serving commonwealth’s attorney says he will not seek another term. Paul B. Ebert of Prince William County, a Democrat, confirmed Feb. 5 he has decided not to run again. Ebert, in his early 80s, has served as the elected ...

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Four to interview for Supreme Court seat (access required)

Four judges are in the running for the seat of retiring Virginia Supreme Court Justice Elizabeth A. McClanahan. The four are set to be interviewed by legislators this week. The candidates are: Court of Appeals Judge Randolph A. Beales Court ...

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Legislators are filling judgeships (access required)


With a budget in hand that finally includes money to fill every authorized judgeship in Virginia, the General Assembly is busy picking candidates for those positions. Legislators have already named three new judges and courts committee members interviewed 22 more ...

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This time next year… (access required)


A push by Virginia prosecutors for additional money for handling body cam video recordings, combined with the burden of new criminal discovery rules, has led to a one-year delay in long-awaited criminal discovery reforms. Virginia Chief Justice Donald W. Lemons ...

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‘Do the fair thing’ (access required)


After an impassioned plea from a man who spent 33 years in a Virginia prison for a killing he did not commit, a state Senate committee on Jan. 23 gave the go-ahead for a procedure to let defendants challenge convictions ...

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Justice McClanahan to retire in September (access required)

Virginia Supreme Court Justice Elizabeth A. McClanahan is retiring effective Sept. 1. She disclosed her plan in a Jan. 24 letter to Chief Justice Donald W. Lemons. McClanahan, 59, will have been on the high court for eight years by ...

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Senator pitches sister for possible Supreme Court opening (access required)

Southwest Virginia’s Sen. Ben Chafin is urging fellow Republicans to move his sister – Judge Teresa Chafin – from the Court of Appeals to an anticipated vacancy on the state Supreme Court, sources tell the Richmond Times-Dispatch. The paper said ...

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