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Newly elected prosecutor to face quick challenge (access required)

Chesterfield County’s groundbreaking election of Democrat Scott Miles as commonwealth’s attorney last fall has sparked a Republican effort to unseat Miles in this fall’s general election. Henrico County assistant prosecutor Stacey T. Davenport has announced she is running for the ...

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Filing history could be grounds for sanctions (access required)

A litigant’s history of filing frivolous pleadings in other courts could be considered in a sanctions motion if a General Assembly proposal is adopted. A House Courts subcommittee voted 6-2 this month to recommend reporting House Bill 1624. The bill ...

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Judge allows friend-of-court brief in tree-sitters case (access required)

A federal judge says a friend-of-the-court brief could be helpful in deciding whether to evict two tree-sitters trying to block a natural gas pipeline project in Western Virginia. U.S. District Judge Elizabeth K. Dillon credited the contention of two advocates in the ...

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A ‘progressive’ wave? (access required)


At least three elected prosecutors in Northern Virginia this year are facing opponents promising new approaches to criminal law. Contests are underway in Fairfax, Arlington and Loudoun counties, while observers watch to see what happens in Prince William County, where ...

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Added judgeship gets green light, but funding uncertain (access required)

A state Senate committee has advanced a proposal to add a 12th general district judgeship in Fairfax County, but legislators caution that creating a slot is not the same thing as funding it. Two Fairfax judges appeared Jan. 14 before ...

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Delegates urge tougher penalties for DUI injuries (access required)

Two delegates have reached across the aisle to propose a broader and tougher range of penalties for those who cause serious injuries by driving while intoxicated. Currently, when a DWI accident causes permanent and significant physical impairment, the defendant driver ...

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Ashworth to run for Ebert’s seat in Prince William (access required)

Manassas lawyer Amy Ashworth has announced she will run for the Democratic nomination for Prince William County commonwealth’s attorney, underscoring the question of whether veteran incumbent Paul Ebert will seek another term. Ebert says he will have an announcement next ...

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