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Lawyer is disqualified in complex divorce case (access required)


A Reston lawyer has been sidelined from representing a husband in a contentious and complicated Loudoun County divorce action because of his prior representation of a former friend of the husband. The husband accused the former friend of having an ...

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Pomrenkes plead guilty in early release scam (access required)

A former Virginia judge and his wife, a former Bristol utility executive, have pleaded guilty to scamming prison officials to get early release for the exec, who was convicted of corruption. Both Kurt Pomrenke – a former Bristol juvenile and ...

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Bond security business must pay $5.7M (access required)

Refereeing a strained business relationship poisoned by “historic intransigence” on the part of an immigrant bond security company, a federal judge has levied a $3,331,197.55 award of damages – mostly legal expenses – against the business. The award largely represents ...

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Northam signs sentencing reform bill (access required)

Gov. Ralph Northam’s office says he has signed the General Assembly’s special session bill that will effectively end jury sentencing in Virginia. Senate Bill 5007, sponsored by Sen. Joe Morrissey (D-Richmond), allows judges to decide sentences in criminal cases, except ...

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Robertson wins Sussex prosecutor’s seat (access required)

In a close battle, Vincent L. Robertson Sr. won election as Sussex County commonwealth’s attorney in voting Nov. 3. He has been serving in the position since former commonwealth’s attorney Lyndia Ramsey was appointed as a general district judge earlier ...

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Former elder law attorney charged with defrauding clients (access required)

A disbarred Lynchburg lawyer has been indicted on 13 felony counts based on her alleged misappropriation of more than $233,000 from elderly clients for whom she held power of attorney. Cherie A. Washburn gave up her Virginia State Bar license ...

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Ex-attorney pleads to hiding show ponies in bankruptcy (access required)

A former Roanoke attorney disbarred in 2018 for hiding high-status assets when filing for bankruptcy has pleaded guilty to a federal felony charge. Before and during her bankruptcy case, Laura Wright and her husband bought, sold and maintained an ownership ...

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Ex-prosecutor accepts 1-year suspension for plea deal statements (access required)

A former prosecutor who tried to sell a plea deal by misstating a judge’s position has agreed to a suspension of one year and a day. The disciplinary action arises from charges that a Richmond man left a friend to ...

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Courts prepare for Election Day contingencies (access required)

Making Election Day a state holiday means courts were called to make special plans in case of an election-related legal dispute. Virginia Supreme Court Chief Justice Donald W. Lemons urged chief circuit judges around the state to consult with sheriffs ...

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