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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)


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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Voters favor incumbent prosecutors (access required)

Virginia voters largely returned elected prosecutors to office in contested elections Tuesday. Despite jabs from established political figures in Portsmouth, incumbent Commonwealth’s Attorney Stephanie Morales was elected to a full term in office, The Virginian-Pilot reported. She defeated T.J. Wright ...

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Homicide victim was former federal prosecutor (access required)

A former federal prosecutor was the victim of a domestic homicide Nov. 4 in Chesterfield County, police said. Nicholas S. Altimari, 61, was found dead in his Midlothian driveway and his son, Frank Altimari, was charged with first-degree murder, a police ...

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Lawyer revoked for false statements after suspension (access required)

A Manassas lawyer has given up his Virginia law license, admitting that he continued to represent clients during a 21-month suspension that began last November. Christopher D. Parrott also acknowledged he falsely notified the bar he was no longer handling ...

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VSB pays $38K from client protection program (access required)

The Virginia State Bar’s Clients’ Protection Fund awarded $38,168.33 in reimbursements to former clients of 11 Virginia lawyers at a meeting Sept. 15. The CPF board approves awards to persons who suffer financial loss because of dishonest conduct by Virginia ...

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Race animus can support jury inquiry (access required)

A rule change by the Supreme Court of Virginia expands the list of circumstances that would justify a court inquiry into jury deliberations. In accordance with a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision, the Virginia justices on Oct. 20 approved adding ...

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