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Prosecutors back criminal justice reforms (access required)

A group of self-described “progressive” prosecutors in Virginia is offering assistance to Democrats and the Virginia Legislative Black Caucus in crafting laws to bring “meaningful systemic change” to criminal justice. “We would like to offer our support and advocate our ...

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Courts plan for post-pandemic operations (access required)

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Virginia court officials are taking initial, deliberate steps towards resuming jury trials and returning to some semblance of normal operation, even while the judicial emergency now extends to Aug. 9 and some courts have had to close their doors for ...

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Lawyer jailed for contempt seeks appellate redemption (access required)

A Northern Virginia divorce lawyer who was locked up overnight after crossing swords with a Loudoun County judge is hoping the Court of Appeals will reverse her contempt conviction. Sterling attorney Rachel L. Virk claims she was hauled out of ...

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Virginia to offer September bar exam session (access required)

In the face of concerns about hundreds of candidates taking the Virginia Bar Exam in person over two days this month during the unabated COVID-19 pandemic, the Virginia Board of Bar Examiners has announced a September option. The bar exam ...

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Lawyer suspended from bankruptcy court is sued over payroll taxes (access required)

A Charlottesville lawyer who this year gave up his right to practice in bankruptcy court for three years now faces additional trouble. The government is suing him for failing to pay employment taxes. Larry Miller’s firm owes more than $200,000 ...

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Lawsuit seeks halt to Richmond statue removals (access required)

A lawsuit filed by an anonymous Virginia citizen asks a judge to block Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney from removing any more Confederate memorials in the city. The mayor’s actions to take down monuments violate a Virginia statute requiring public notice ...

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Lawyer hit with 3-year bankruptcy suspension (access required)

A Virginia bankruptcy judge has suspended a Charlottesville lawyer from bankruptcy practice for three years. The action this spring, which followed an earlier six-month filing suspension, has triggered a Virginia State Bar proceeding for Larry L. Miller. The U.S. Bankruptcy ...

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Dems plan criminal justice reforms in August (access required)


A special General Assembly session in August will be dominated by a Democratic criminal justice reform program still being fine-tuned by party leaders. The session – dates still undetermined – is expected to pick up where the regular 2020 Assembly ...

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