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Northam names legal staff (access required)

Gov.-elect Ralph Northam has appointed Richmond attorney Rita Davis as counsel to the governor. Davis is a litigator who has served as a senior assistant attorney general since 2016. As section chief over the OAG trial section, Davis now supervises ...

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Judge acquitted of DWI in Maryland (access required)

A Fairfax County general district judge remains restricted in his courthouse assignments even after being acquitted of a charge of driving under the influence of alcohol in Maryland. Michael H. Cantrell, who was elected to the bench in 2016, was ...

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Lifting the cover on the auto exception (access required)


A brief police search in a Charlottesville driveway in 2013 could lead the U.S. Supreme Court to define the scope of permissible warrantless searches. Arguments are scheduled Jan. 9 on whether the constitutional rules for vehicle searches are different when ...

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Appeals court rebukes prosecutors in death penalty case (access required)

4tth Circuit Seal FEA

A federal appeals court panel has ordered an evidentiary hearing to determine if undisclosed evidence could upset the conviction of a man sentenced to die for the 2004 Norfolk murders of four people, including two preschool girls. Ruling that U.S. ...

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Judiciary calls for funding 435 Virginia judgeships (access required)

Two Virginia judicial policy boards are recommending the General Assembly authorize and fund all 435 trial court judgeships identified as needed by a recent caseload study. The request would put 28 more judges on the bench than are now funded, ...

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Governor’s budget includes Loudoun judgeship money (access required)

Advocates for funding an additional circuit judgeship in Loudoun County may have a leg up with Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s new budget. The final two-year state spending plan offered by the outgoing governor includes $288,822 each year to fund one vacant ...

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