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Miles wins Chesterfield prosecutor spot (access required)

The morning after Election Day, Democrat Scott Miles claimed the win in a hotly contested race to fill the seat of retired Chesterfield County Commonwealth’s Attorney Billy Davenport. The margin of victory was less than two percentage points. Miles, a ...

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Panel takes aim at use of ‘shall’ in laws (access required)


The Boyd-Graves Conference says it’s time to end the confusion over the different meanings ascribed to the word “shall” in Virginia statutes and rules. The solution the panel offers is to eliminate that word altogether in new law and use ...

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Miles leads Childrey in Chesterfield CA contest (access required)

The morning after Election Day, Democrat Scott Miles held a narrow lead over Republican John Childrey in voting for a new Chesterfield County commonwealth’s attorney. With all precincts counted in the special election, Miles led Childrey by 47.43 percent to ...

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Pomrenke facing bar discipline charges (access required)

Former Bristol judge Kurt J. Pomrenke – having lost his judgeship and served a short time in federal prison for contempt of court – now faces an administrative hurdle if he wants to resume law practice. The Virginia State Bar ...

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Pressure is on delegate for blocking judgeships (access required)


Lawyers and legislators in Fairfax County have stepped up pressure on Del. Tim Hugo to drop his tacit opposition to election of lawyers endorsed for Fairfax County judgeships. Hugo, R-Fairfax, is dismissive of the 30-year procedure for vetting Fairfax County ...

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A tale of two tests: Bar pass rate rebounds (access required)


2018 was a tale of two bar exams. While February saw Virginia bar exam takers pass at the lowest rate since 2009, July test-takers passed at the highest rate since 2013. July’s results also show an increase in the state’s ...

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Lawyer suspended, faces discipline for child porn plea (access required)

A Fairfax lawyer who briefly represented the chief suspect in Washington’s “mansion murders” case has pleaded guilty to distribution of child pornography in Maryland. Sean R. Hanover was suspended by the Virginia State Bar effective Oct. 26 based on his ...

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Prosecutor honored by gang busters (access required)

A Charlottesville-based federal prosecutor has been honored by the Virginia Gang Investigators Association as Federal Prosecutor of the Year. Assistant U.S. Attorney Heather L. Carlton received the award Oct. 18 at the group’s 20th annual gang conference in Virginia Beach. ...

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