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Prosecutor immune in ‘false prosecution’ case (access required)


Despite the allegation of “a grave injustice” in the abduction conviction of a Charlottesville-area grocer, a federal judge said the man’s civil lawsuit against the prosecutor’s office would not stand. Sovereign immunity protects the commonwealth’s attorney under the U.S. Constitution, ...

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Assembly okays criminal court records access plan (access required)

The General Assembly has given its blessing to a Supreme Court plan to make statewide criminal case information available online by July 1 of next year. Both the House and Senate approved identical language Feb. 9 requiring the Supreme Court’s ...

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Senate approves end to suspension for unpaid fines (access required)

The Virginia Senate has overwhelmingly approved repealing Virginia’s mandatory driver’s license suspension for those who fail to pay court fines or costs. If made law, the bill would be a second stage in easing the burden for offenders saddled with ...

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Supreme Court ruling puts murder defendant back in jail (access required)

An Alexandria man accused of an ambush, execution-style slaying of his boss at a Warrenton pharmacy is back in jail after the Supreme Court of Virginia ruled a lower court judge erred in granting bail. Acting less than a month ...

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Senate: Allow DWI at driver’s home (access required)

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In a bid to overturn a 2014 Virginia Supreme Court decision, the state Senate this month approved a proposal to allow intoxicated driving on one’s own residential property. Once thought dead, the bill sponsored by Sen. Richard H. Stuart, R-Montross, ...

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VW seeks trial delay over lawyer’s comments (access required)

Volkswagen says bad publicity fomented by a Virginia lawyer justifies a six-month “cooling off period” before it faces trial in Fairfax County over dirty diesel emissions. The company wants to postpone a trial scheduled to start this month. The automaker’s ...

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Report: Virginia lawyer joins Manafort legal team (access required)

A Virginia lawyer with a Washington practice may have joined the team of attorneys advising former Donald Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort. Politico reports Jay Nanavati, a former federal tax prosecutor, appears to be working with two Manafort defense attorneys. ...

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Ban on doctor noncompetes fails at Assembly (access required)

Despite a favorable change of heart by a key player, a proposal that would have banned noncompete agreements for physicians failed to clear a Senate committee by a one-vote margin last week. Sen. Bill Stanley, R-Moneta, urged the measure, saying ...

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Doucette is VACA executive director (access required)

The Virginia Association of Commonwealth’s Attorneys has its first full-time executive director, but he’s a familiar face representing prosecutors at the General Assembly. Michael R. Doucette – former Lynchburg commonwealth’s attorney – assumed the duties of VACA executive director last ...

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