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Ky. inmate charged with threat to Va. judge (access required)

A Kentucky man convicted of domestic violence in Patrick County last year has been charged with conspiring to kill his Virginia prosecutor, who is now a judge. Travis Engle, 37, was sentenced to a suspended sentence last year after court proceedings ...

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Applicants sought for federal judgeship

Virginia’s two U.S. senators are accepting applications for the Alexandria federal judgeship to be vacated this month by the retirement of U.S. District Judge Gerald Bruce Lee. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine have asked the Virginia State Bar ...

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Judge allows access to JIRC file on Pomrenke (access required)

A U.S. magistrate judge will allow federal prosecutors access to portions of the file of Virginia’s Judicial Inquiry and Review Commission on ethics charges against Bristol Judge Kurt Pomrenke. U.S. Magistrate Judge Pamela Meade Sargent said the need to protect ...

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Flood relief: Texas allows out-of-state lawyers to help

The Texas Supreme Court has granted permission for out-of-state lawyers to practice law in the Lone Star state during Hurricane Harvey flood relief efforts. The Texas court will give conditional approval to lawyers willing to provide pro bono services to ...

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Court to mull ‘state of mind’ in home invasion appeal (access required)


A man convicted of torturing a Northern Virginia attorney in his home will get to argue before the Court of Appeals of Virginia that evidence of his confused state of mind was improperly kept from the jury. A single judge ...

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JIRC seeks to block Pomrenke subpoena (access required)

Virginia’s judicial discipline agency is asking a federal judge to reverse an order allowing prosecutors to access the agency’s records for a contempt case against a state judge. Represented by the state attorney general’s office, the Judicial Inquiry and Review ...

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Police reports are major focus of discovery task force (access required)


Access to police reports by defense lawyers appears to be the only major point of disagreement as a Virginia State Bar task force looks for incremental ways to reform Virginia’s criminal discovery procedures. Two panel members are said to be ...

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Protection Fund pays $66K to victims of dishonest lawyers (access required)

The Virginia State Bar program that reimburses victims of dishonest lawyers has awarded $66,392.99 in a recent round of payment approvals. Of that amount, $55,281.24 is being paid to victims of former Woodbridge attorney Jean Jerome Dandy Ngando Ekwalla. One ...

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Bar seeks expedited action against Winchester lawyer (access required)

Virginia State Bar prosecutors say a Winchester lawyer who allegedly missed eight court appearances and ignored license suspensions poses an imminent danger to the public. The Bar Counsel’s office has petitioned the VSB Disciplinary Board for an expedited hearing on ...

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