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Fairfax judge arrested for DUI (access required)

A Fairfax County general district judge has been removed from all drunken-driving cases after he was charged with driving under the influence in Maryland in April, a court official told The Washington Post. Judge Michael H. Cantrell was stopped in ...

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Judge to mull attorney disqualification in fire case (access required)


An Abingdon federal judge has scheduled a hearing to test claims that defense lawyers in an insurance coverage dispute should be disqualified for their handling of inside information accidentally made available by the opposing side. The case “may very well ...

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Couric cleared of defamation claim (access required)

A Virginia federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit that accused broadcaster Katie Couric of defaming members of a Virginia gun club in a documentary video. The Virginia Citizens Defense League sued in 2016 after it was revealed that the director ...

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Probate problems lead to disbarment of Arlington lawyer (access required)

An Arlington lawyer has agreed to give up his law license following a Virginia State Bar investigation into his handling of a probate estate in Prince William County. While serving as executor, William P. Wittig allegedly failed to file a ...

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Warrenton attorney suspends law practice (access required)

A Warrenton lawyer convicted of sexual battery in January has agreed to have his law license suspended on the basis of impairment. The indefinite suspension of Jud A. Fischel was effective May 15 under an order from the Virginia State ...

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Theater owner wins injunction to unlock his business (access required)


The operator of a Blacksburg combination theater-bowling alley and restaurant was allowed back into its building last month after a judge criticized the premises owner’s padlocking the doors amid a rent dispute. The theater company admitted it was behind on ...

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Loan modification lawyer is suspended (access required)

A Fredericksburg attorney agreed to give up her law license for a year after being charged with rule violations in connection with five clients who sought mortgage modification services. Virginia State Bar prosecutors accused Karen M. Kennedy of collecting “nonrefundable” ...

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