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Cullen nominated for Western District U.S. attorney (access required)

President Trump has nominated Roanoke attorney Thomas T. Cullen for U.S. attorney for the Western District of Virginia, according to the state’s two U.S. senators. Cullen was one of two candidates recommended to the White House by Sens. Mark R. Warner and ...

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4th Circuit declares Trump travel ban unconstitutional

(AP) President Donald Trump’s latest travel ban on travelers from six largely Muslim countries is “unconstitutionally tainted with animus toward Islam,” a federal appeals court ruled Feb. 15, delivering another blow to the policy. In a 9-4 decision, the 4th ...

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Civil liberties groups oppose agreement on theft threshold

(AP) Minority and low-income advocacy groups are joining the Virginia branch of the American Civil Liberties Union in opposing the General Assembly’s bipartisan compromise that would increase the threshold at which a theft is considered a felony. Bill Farrar, a ...

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Key GOP lawmaker backs Medicaid expansion in Virginia

(AP) A powerful Republican lawmaker has publicly endorsed expanding Medicaid in Virginia after years of opposition, boosting the chances the Old Dominion will join 32 other states in expanding the program for the poor under President Barack Obama’s health care ...

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Lawyers sought for medical malpractice review panels

The Supreme Court of Virginia has asked for an updated list of attorneys willing to serve on Medical Malpractice Review Panels, according to the Virginia State Bar. To be qualified to serve, the attorney must be: impartial; an active in-good-standing ...

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Rule would allow fee-shifting for lawyer’s GAL

Under a proposed rule change, some lawyers involved in impairment proceedings with the Virginia State Bar would have to foot the bill for a guardian ad litem appointed by the bar’s Disciplinary Board. The VSB Committee on Lawyer Discipline approved ...

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Abingdon lawyer charged with distributing drugs (access required)

An Abingdon attorney has been charged with distributing drugs inside the Washington County court house, officials tell the Bristol Herald Courier. The Washington County Sheriff’s Office reported that a court deputy spotted a folded paper being passed from attorney George ...

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VSB warns of spoof emails to lawyers

Some Virginia lawyers have received emails that – at first glance – appeared to come from leadership at the Virginia State Bar. VSB officials say the emails in question, which contain messages critical of the VSB, are the work of ...

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Fraudster who partnered in $10M scheme gets 12-year sentence

(AP) A Virginia man who teamed up with a former college football player on a $10 million investment-fraud scheme has been sentenced to 12 years in prison. Forty-six-year-old Sherman Carl Vaughn of Blackstone was sentenced Tuesday in federal court in ...

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Assembly okays criminal court records access plan (access required)

The General Assembly has given its blessing to a Supreme Court plan to make statewide criminal case information available online by July 1 of next year. Both the House and Senate approved identical language Feb. 9 requiring the Supreme Court’s ...

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