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Smooth sailing for public defender plan (access required)

A proposal to create a public defender office for Prince William County has won two favorable votes already at the General Assembly. The House Courts criminal laws subcommittee approved the bill Jan. 17 without opposition after advocates said it would ...

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Pro-gun rally by thousands ends peacefully

(AP) Tens of thousands of gun-rights activists from around the country rallied peacefully at the Virginia Capitol Jan. 20 to protest plans by the state’s Democratic leadership to pass gun-control legislation — a move that has become a key flash point ...

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Courts scramble to address gun ban challenge (access required)

A bid by gun rights activists to block a temporary Capitol Square weapons ban has foundered both in circuit court and in the Supreme Court of Virginia. Gov. Ralph Northam on Jan. 15 decreed that weapons of all kinds would ...

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Pay boost would be coupled with certification for GALs (access required)

A proposal advancing at the General Assembly is designed to encourage guardians ad litem in family law cases to both meet with children they serve and meet court standards for their work. The measure would pay GALs for face-to-face contact ...

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Fairfax hoping for added general district judge (access required)

After two legislative votes this month, it appears Fairfax County could finally get an additional general district judge in 2020. Judges there have argued for more than a year that their court deserves special attention. “We are the busiest court ...

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Patient charged with killing nursing home roommate

(AP) A Richmond nursing home patient has been charged with killing his 86-year-old roommate at the care facility. Richmond police arrested Lynwood L. Main, 65, at ManorCare Health Services-Imperial on Jan. 15, according to the department. Officers responded to the ...

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Organizers appeal ban on arms at upcoming gun rally

(AP) A gun-rights group has filed an emergency appeal of a Richmond judge’s ruling upholding the governor’s ban on firearms at a rally that’s expected to draw thousands of gun activists to the state Capitol on Monday. The Virginia Citizens ...

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Prosecutor: Dentist had 150 pills, 2 guns in car after crash

RADFORD (AP) A Radford dentist who was involved in a crash has been accused of driving under the influence with two guns, 150 pills and brass knuckles. Matthew Scott Mower, 40, had a bond hearing Jan. 16 in Radford, The Roanoke ...

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Police: Mother charged after baby died with drugs in system

SPOTSYLVANIA (AP) Authorities say a woman has been charged with felony child neglect and endangerment after her baby died with methamphetamines in its system. Lurissa Rynea Keyes, 24, of Spotsylvania, is being held in the Rappahannock Regional Jail, The Free ...

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Firm lawyer had clients on the side (access required)

A law firm associate who collected fees from clients on the side has agreed to a 90-day suspension with terms that include two years’ probation and three years of unannounced inspections of her accounts. Danielle M.H. Lewis first worked as ...

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