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Pot license suspension reform now in effect (access required)

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Ending weeks of confusion among judges about whether they had the option to allow many marijuana-possession defendants to avoid driver’s license suspensions, Virginia officials have announced that a 2017 legislative reform package is now in effect. Legislators sought to eliminate ...

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Branscom among early judicial interviews (access required)

Botetourt County Commonwealth’s Attorney Joel R. Branscom may have a smooth path to a circuit court judgeship. He is only non-incumbent judge on a list of candidates up for interviews before the General Assembly courts committees on Dec. 8. The ...

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VSB revokes lawyer convicted in Medicaid fraud case (access required)

A Virginia-licensed lawyer who served as corporate counsel for a Florida health care company agreed to give up his law license after his guilty plea in a Medicaid fraud investigation. Thaddeus M.S. Bereday admitted to making a false statement to ...

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Let no man put asunder… (access required)

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A hard-fought battle over the technicalities of getting married in Virginia has been resolved with a narrow judicial preference for the validity of marriage over formulaic procedure. The backyard wedding of Richard Levick and Deborah MacDougall in 2002 – with ...

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Bond security company fights back against oversight agency (access required)

An Augusta County-based business that facilitates bond for immigrant detainees by renting GPS ankle bracelets is suing a federal agency over what it calls “nefarious tactics” in an investigation. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau issued a civil investigative demand to ...

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Goodlatte to retire (access required)

WASHINGTON (AP) Rep. Bob Goodlatte, who leads the House Judiciary Committee, announced Thursday he will retire at the end of his 13th term, becoming the latest GOP chairman not to seek re-election even though Republicans control all levers of power ...

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Supreme Court won’t disturb findings of commissioner of accounts (access required)

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The Supreme Court of Virginia has approved distribution of a decedent’s half-million-dollar estate based on a determination by a commissioner of accounts acting without referral from a circuit court judge. The decision stops short of confirming the authority of commissioners ...

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Election cuts number of attorneys in House (access required)

Dramatic gains by Democrats in elections for the Virginia House of Delegates may result in a net loss in the number of attorneys in the House. Two incumbent lawyer-legislators appear to have been defeated in House elections Tuesday, with only ...

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