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Former Abingdon officials sue town (access required)

Two former Abingdon officials – including the long-time town attorney – are suing the town for money damages claiming they were forced to quit amid a “toxic environment” of increased politicization. Deborah C. Icenhour – who resigned last summer after ...

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Virginia Beach lawyer surrenders license (access required)

A lawyer already serving a four-year license suspension has agreed to have his license revoked in the face of a new bar complaint. Andrew I. Becker of Virginia Beach consented to disbarment in an affidavit signed Aug. 28. The revocation ...

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Court ends month with torrent of opinions (access required)

The impending retirement of Virginia Supreme Court Justice Elizabeth A. McClanahan prompted a stream of opinions in the week preceding her last day on Sept. 1. From Aug. 22 to Aug. 30, the court issued 14 decisions. There were nine ...

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Lawyer accused of dishonesty accepts 3-year suspension (access required)

A Chesapeake attorney facing three separate bar complaints, all involving multiple rule violations including alleged false statements to the Virginia State Bar, has agreed to a three-year license suspension. Barry R. Taylor was accused of lapses in his bank accounts ...

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Court revives child’s claim vs. church (access required)


The Supreme Court of Virginia has recognized a church’s “special relationship” duty to protect children from a known dangerous employee. The new opinion also offers a host of guidance in other aspects of pleading a case. The decision builds on ...

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Ex-prosecutor charged in child abuse sting (access required)

A former Norfolk prosecutor has been charged with multiple felonies in a Norfolk investigation of online child sex crimes. Charged is attorney Timothy Scott Carnes, according to The Virginian-Pilot. He faces five counts of attempting to take indecent liberties with ...

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4th Circuit: Jury should decide venue in ‘bath salts’ case (access required)

4tth Circuit Seal FEA

A divided federal appeals panel has overturned the convictions of three accused drug distributors because a jury never was asked if the charges were brought in the right locality. A two-judge majority of a panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit ...

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Fired detective’s federal job discrimination claim survives (access required)


Even though he appealed his termination from a state grievance process, a fired Virginia State Police special agent did not lose his right to sue in federal court for discrimination under federal law, a federal appeals court has ruled. The ...

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Petition seeks to strike GOP candidate for Loudoun CA (access required)

A group of Loudoun County voters has acted to disqualify the Republican candidate for commonwealth’s attorney. A petition filed Aug. 20 by four registered voters claims that Nicole Wittmann actually lives in Fairfax County with her family and that her ...

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