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Virginia’s top mental health official dies after crash

(AP) Virginia’s top mental health official has died from injuries he suffered in a three-car crash in which an 18-year-old woman was killed. Gov. Ralph Northam spokeswoman Alena Yarmosky said on Friday that the family of 52-year-old Dr. S. Hughes ...

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Jury recommends murder defendant serve 2 life terms

(AP) A Chesterfield County jury has recommended that a man convicted of murder receive two life terms plus 43 years and pay a $100,000 fine for paralyzing his pregnant estranged wife and killing her boyfriend. The jury on Aug. 1 found Joshua ...

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State won’t seek to revive ‘habitual drunkard’ law

(AP) Virginia’s attorney general says he will not appeal a ruling that struck down a state law allowing police to arrest and jail people designated as “habitual drunkards.” Mark Herring said called the law “strange and regressive” and said the General Assembly ...

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Lawyer gives up license, helps fraud prosecution (access required)

A longtime Virginia Beach real estate lawyer has agreed to disbarment after admitting he helped a broker make illegal purchases of foreclosed homes. Jerry Mack Douglas is now cooperating in the prosecution of broker Robert J. Resh, court records show. ...

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Norfolk lawyer surrenders bar license (access required)

Veteran Norfolk attorney Michael F. Fasanaro Jr. has agreed to disbarment in the face of two complaints filed with the Virginia State Bar. Fasanaro admitted he never earned a $7,000 fee he received from a divorce client, according to an ...

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Man who shot 7-Eleven robbers won’t be charged

VIRGINIA BEACH (AP) A Virginia Beach prosecutor says he won’t press charges against a man who shot two robbers holding up a 7-Eleven store, killing one. The masked men entered the store with guns and demanded money early July 25, The Virginian-Pilot reported. ...

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Attorney struck, killed outside courthouse (access required)

A veteran Franklin attorney was struck by a pickup truck and fatally injured Aug. 1 outside the Southampton County courthouse. G. Daniel Forbes Jr., 73, was hit as he was crossing Main Street in Courtland early that morning, reportedly to ...

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Virginia commissioner injured in crash that killed woman

(AP) The top mental health official in Virginia was hospitalized in critical condition after a three-car traffic accident in which an 18-year-old woman was killed. Dr. S. Hughes Melton, 52, suffered serious and potentially life-threatening injuries in the July 31 ...

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Report: LeClairRyan moving toward dissolution (access required)

LeClairRyan has started the process of dissolving, according to a published report. Sources tell The American Lawyer that firm attorneys have been told a wind-down committee is being formed as partners seek positions elsewhere. LeClairRyan lawyers and staff have been ...

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Candidates sought for Judge Smith’s seat

Virginia’s U.S. senators and bar groups are seeking candidates to fill the vacant bench seat of Norfolk U.S. District Judge Rebecca Beach Smith who took senior status effective Aug. 1. Interviews of candidates are scheduled to take place on Oct. ...

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