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Prosecutors to rest case at Manafort financial fraud trial

ALEXANDRIA (AP) Prosecutors are expected to rest their case Friday against former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, after days of occasionally dramatic testimony in Manafort’s bank fraud and tax evasion trial and some testy exchanges with the trial judge. Prosecuting ...

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Virginia AG fights law firm over redistricting lawsuit fees

(AP) Attorney General Mark Herring’s office is disputing a $4 million request for legal fees from a private law firm that recently won a redistricting case. Herring’s office said in a court filing Aug. 9 that Perkins Coie is seeking ...

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Court tosses challenge to ‘habitual drunkard’ law

(AP) A federal appeals court has rejected a challenge to a Virginia law that allows police to arrest people designated as “habitual drunkards” if they are caught with alcohol, finding that the state has a “legitimate interest” in discouraging alcohol ...

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5-year ban remains for bankruptcy firm (access required)

A Roanoke federal judge has refused to stay a five-year revocation of practice privileges in the Western District for the national bankruptcy firm UpRight Law. The five-year practice ban, an order to repay client fees and a $250,000 fine were ...

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Court upholds official’s corruption convictions

(AP) A federal appeals court has upheld the public corruption convictions of a former Norfolk treasurer and councilman who was sentenced to six years in prison for selling his votes to developers. Anthony Burfoot was convicted of wire fraud, extortion ...

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VLW editorial wins national honor

The International Society of Weekly Newspaper Editors has honored a December 2017 editorial published in Virginia Lawyers Weekly as one of the top opinion pieces from the past year. Since 1961, ISWNE has held an annual contest to recognize excellence ...

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Manafort lawyer attacks star witness

ALEXANDRIA (AP) The questioning of Paul Manafort’s protege was confrontational and personal: Manafort’s lawyer hammered Rick Gates about his own crimes, an extramarital affair and a guilty plea with prosecutors that may spare him severe punishment. Gates, who faced a ...

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Judges reject discipline deal for Fairfax lawyer (access required)

Even though bar prosecutors recommended only a reprimand for a lawyer who scotched the subrogation rights of an uninsured motorist carrier, a three-judge circuit court panel said the case called for a tougher penalty. The judges rejected an agreed disposition ...

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Prosecutor will investigate candidate’s ballot paperwork

NORFOLK (AP) A special prosecutor has been appointed to investigate potential election law violations in a tight Virginia congressional race that could help Democrats reclaim the U.S. House. Political observers said the probe could hurt Republican U.S. Rep. Scott Taylor ...

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Bitter on Twitter: Newspaper sues ex-staffer over Twitter account (access required)

The Roanoke Times is asking a judge to force former Times sports reporter Andy Bitter to give up his use of a Twitter account. The owner of the paper has sued in Roanoke federal court claiming it is the rightful ...

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