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May gets GOP nod for PWC commonwealth’s attorney (access required)

Fairfax lawyer Mike May defeated ex-prosecutor Tim Olmstead in a May 4 primary to carry the Republican banner in November’s election for Prince William County commonwealth’s attorney. May won with 57 percent of the vote, according to the Prince William ...

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Court backs judges in pot prosecution dispute (access required)

A panel of the Supreme Court of Virginia says Norfolk circuit judges did not exceed their authority when they refused a prosecutor’s request to drop charges in marijuana possession cases. The court’s ruling in a six-page order May 2 appears to ...

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Virginia prosecutor beats malicious prosecution suit (access required)


A federal judge has dismissed malicious prosecution and related claims against a Virginia commonwealth’s attorney who initiated an election fraud investigation against a candidate for sheriff. The judge also terminated similar charges against a state police detective. U.S. District Judge ...

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McClanahan to lead Appalachian School of Law (access required)

Virginia Supreme Court Justice Elizabeth A. McClanahan will take the reins as dean of the Appalachian School of Law when she retires from the bench in September. The school’s plan to hire McClanahan was announced by ASL board chair Jerry ...

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High court, 4-3, approves ‘rehabilitated’ med-mal juror (access required)


The Supreme Court of Virginia, by a 4-3 vote, has deferred to a trial judge who allowed a juror to remain trial-eligible, despite the man’s expressed doubts about the fairness of medical malpractice litigation. The decision leaves in place a ...

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Justices hear Morrissey revocation appeal (access required)

Virginia Supreme Court justices listened April 19 as lawyers argued over whether three circuit judges followed proper procedure in revoking the law license of Richmond’s Joe Morrissey. Morrissey was disbarred last year in part for his conduct involving a 2013 ...

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