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Former music teacher loses appeal in child sex case

HANOVER (AP)  The Virginia Court of Appeals has rejected the appeal of a former school music teacher who is serving a 7-year prison sentence for child solicitation. The court ruled on Jan. 12 that a trial judge did not err ...

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AG Herring authorizes probe of statue-removal contract

(AP) Virginia’s attorney general has authorized an investigation into a $1.8 million contract for the removal of the city of Richmond’s Confederate monuments, a special prosecutor said. The statues were taken down over the summer, and an inquiry into the ...

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Supreme Court approves changes to outsourcing guidance (access required)

The Supreme Court of Virginia has approved an amended version of a legal ethics opinion to guide lawyers in outsourcing of legal services. The revised version of LEO 1850 emphasizes that a lawyer who outsources work without direct supervision must ...

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Northam outlines priorities to lawmakers as session begins

(AP) Gov. Ralph Northam outlined his plans to legalize marijuana and announced his intention to give teachers a raise during an annual address to state lawmakers. The governor gave his State of the Commonwealth speech on the first day of ...

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Judge Perdue steps down for health reasons

Franklin County Circuit Judge Clyde H. Perdue Jr. has retired from the bench citing health reasons. Perdue, 66, stepped down effective Jan. 8, The Roanoke Times reported. Perdue took office Jan. 1, 2015, filling the vacancy created by the retirement ...

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Trial unlikely for man accused of killing parents

(AP) Attorneys and doctors say that a Virginia man who suffers from schizophrenia is unlikely to stand trial on charges that he killed his parents. William Roy Brissette, 28, of Henrico County, was found “unrestorably incompetent” by a circuit judge, ...

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School board member sues police after being pepper-sprayed

ALEXANDRIA (AP) A Muslim school board member from Northern Virginia has filed a federal lawsuit alleging her civil rights were violated after she was pepper-sprayed during a traffic stop and then photographed without her hijab following her arrest. Abrar Omeish, ...

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Pandemic has imperiled plans to retrieve Titanic’s radio

NORFOLK (AP) Fallout from the coronavirus pandemic is threatening a company’s controversial plans to retrieve and exhibit the radio that had broadcast distress calls from the sinking Titanic, according to a court filing made by the firm. The company, RMS ...

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Lawmakers push for stronger oversight of Dominion’s rates

(AP) A group of Virginia lawmakers is set to push for stricter regulatory oversight of the state’s dominant electric utility, saying Dominion Energy’s customers have overpaid billions of dollars because of the company’s outsized political sway. Virginia’s regulatory structure has ...

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Lawyer agrees to disbarment, kept client in the dark (access required)

A Northern Virginia consumer lawyer has consented to license revocation more than four years after he was sanctioned by a federal judge for keeping a client in the dark and prolonging litigation. Ernest P. Francis rejected two settlement offers without ...

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