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Judge won’t shield cops who kicked family out of home (access required)


Law enforcement officers who forced two family members out of their Patrick County home after a foreclosure auction and blocked them from retrieving personal property face a jury trial on conversion and civil rights claims, a Danville federal judge has ...

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Prosecutor seeks to boot Morrissey from murder case (access required)

A Louisa County prosecutor is accusing Richmond’s Joe Morrissey of possible witness tampering in connection with a murder case. Morrissey represents Clifford Wood, a man accused in the fatal shooting of another last year at a home in the Montpelier ...

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Check fraud indictment has 1,411 counts (access required)

A Bluefield, Virginia, woman has been charged with stealing about $2.4 million in what the prosecutor thinks is the largest indictment ever handed down in Virginia. Teresa Barringer is accused of writing herself checks from the company where she worked. ...

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Northam pardons fetus defendant (access required)

Gov. Ralph Northam has granted an absolute pardon erasing the conviction of a Franklin County woman for discarding the remains of a stillborn fetus. The case, little noticed at first, became a lightning rod in the abortion rights debate after ...

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Relocation poses issues for couples with children (access required)


Couples often split because they can’t work things out, but – when children are involved – the parties continue to be connected even after the relationship ends. Separation or divorce creates a whole new host of issues requiring cooperation and agreement between the parties. And, if ...

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Richmond-area solo accused of embezzling from client (access required)

A Glen Allen attorney has been arrested and charged with felony embezzlement after a client complained about undisclosed support payments collected by the lawyer. The lawyer now faces both a criminal hearing and an expedited bar discipline proceeding, according to ...

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Lawyer sanctioned, reprimanded over mutilation claims (access required)

A Sterling lawyer was fined by a judge and reprimanded by the Virginia State Bar for misrepresentations about danger to his client’s children from a religious ritual. Jahangir Ghobadi represented a husband in a Fairfax County divorce, according to a ...

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Judge tosses challenge to bar proceeding (access required)

With a federal lawsuit now dismissed, a Richmond area lawyer says she is taking her battle with the Virginia State Bar to the Supreme Court of Virginia. Attorney Rhetta M. Daniel of Henrico – listed as “not in good standing” ...

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Assembly to fund all authorized judgeships (access required)


After a decade of intentionally unfunded Virginia judgeships, the state will have money to fill all authorized bench seats by July of next year. The General Assembly has agreed to a budget that would fund all 435 trial court judgeships ...

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Protective orders becoming more common (access required)


The use of protective orders in Virginia is growing as victims of threats and violence learn how to use the legal system to defend against alleged abusers. Family lawyers increasingly are called on to advise clients what to do if they think ...

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