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Political consultant gets a year in prison for money scam

ALEXANDRIA (AP) A Northern Virginia political consultant has been sentenced to a year in prison for diverting tens of thousands of dollars from conservative political action committees and filing false reports to cover it up. Scott Mackenzie, 66, of Arlington ...

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Judge seeks more info before ruling in war crimes case

ALEXANDRIA (AP) A U.S. magistrate judge wants more information before issuing a judgment against a Libyan-American who once lived in Northern Virginia and now commands an army in his home country. Khalifa Hifter, who leads the self-styled Libyan National Army, was ...

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Fleenor, Doucette apparent picks for circuit bench (access required)

The General Assembly is scheduled to interview 29 candidates for open trial court seats today, including eight prosecutors, five elected commonwealth’s attorneys, and eight district judges being considered for circuit seats. Montgomery County Circuit Judge Marc Long Jr. – having ...

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VSB panel rates Court of Appeals candidates (access required)

Two candidates emerged unopposed among eight considered “highly qualified” for a seat on the Court of Appeals in rankings by the Virginia State Bar’s Judicial Candidate Evaluation Committee. Fairfax County Circuit Judge David Bernhard was listed as “highly qualified” by ...

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Lawsuit over Virginia Tech hazing suspension settled

ROANOKE (AP) A lawsuit has been settled between Virginia Tech and a former student who was accused of overseeing a ceremony that violated the school’s hazing policy. The federal lawsuit filed last month “has been resolved to the mutual satisfaction ...

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Petersburg attorney, wife indicted on abduction charges (access required)

A Petersburg attorney and his wife are again facing abduction charges in connection to a July 2019 incident. Charles and Mari Liza Hardenbergh were indicted by a grand jury on Feb. 6 for charges including abduction, destruction of property, grand ...

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Roanoke lawyer acquitted in strip club assault case (access required)

A lawyer convicted last fall of assaulting a dancer at a strip club he managed has been acquitted by a Roanoke jury. Charles John “C.J.” Covati appealed a general district conviction and successfully defended the charge before the jury Feb. ...

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Appeal allowed for denial of protective order (access required)

The Court of Appeals of Virginia says when legislators opened the door to circuit court appeals of protective order rulings, they meant rulings that both issued and denied protective orders. The court affirmed a Richmond circuit judge who issued a ...

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Law firm to run Catholic settlement program

The Catholic Diocese of Richmond says it has hired the Richmond firm of BrownGreer PLC to administer a monetary settlement program for victims of clergy sexual abuse. The diocese says the program, announced Feb. 17, is part of an ongoing ...

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VTLA puts 3 atop list for appeals judgeship (access required)

The Virginia Trial Lawyers Association deems three candidates as “highly qualified” for the vacant seat on the Court of Appeals of Virginia. The VTLA’s top candidates are Fairfax Circuit Judge David Bernhard, Virginia Workers Compensation Commissioner Wesley G. Marshall and ...

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