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Court extends 3rd year practice privilege (access required)

The Supreme Court of Virginia has extended the length of the state’s Third Year Practice Certificate from 18 months to 24 months in response to COVID-19 changes in the bar exam schedule. The court’s Access to Justice Commission this month ...

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Ex-lawyers sentenced to prison for extortion plot (access required)

The former Virginia lawyer who tried to shake down a potential mass tort defendant for a $200 million consultant’s fee has been sentenced to two years in prison. His ex-attorney accomplice received a one year sentence in court rulings Sept. ...

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3 dozen orders issued with new “red flag” gun law

(AP) At least three dozen Virginia residents have been prohibited temporarily or permanently from having firearms or purchasing them based on a new state law allowing authorities to convince a judge that a person would be a danger to themselves ...

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Ex-lawyer charged with embezzlement from client (access required)

A former Winchester lawyer who surrendered his license last year in the face of accusations that he failed to make payments he owed to a client has been charged with three felonies. Travis J. Tisinger, 53, turned himself in to ...

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Attorney accused of misconduct at club (access required)

A dancer who claimed she was assaulted while training for work at a Roanoke “gentleman’s club” has sued the club and the lawyer she accused of assault and battery. Roanoke attorney C.J. Covati was working as a manager at The Gold ...

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Supreme Court rejects Kanye West’s Virginia ballot bid

(AP) The Supreme Court of Virginia has rejected an appeal from rapper Kanye West to appear on the state’s presidential ballot. The court’s brief Sept. 17 order upholds a lower court ruling that rejected his ballot application because he failed to ...

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Attorney charged in fencing investigation (access required)

A Chesapeake lawyer is facing federal charges that he allowed a pawn shop he owned to be used for receiving and reselling stolen goods. A federal indictment accuses Morris A. Bander of conspiracy to transport stolen goods. Bander and two ...

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Financial exec serving 30 years gets compassionate release

FALLS CHURCH (AP) A financial executive responsible for one of the largest frauds prosecuted out of the nation’s financial crisis a decade ago is being released from prison on compassionate grounds after serving just nine years of his 30-year sentence. ...

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Officers: We gave ‘chance after chance’ before 2017 shooting

FALLS CHURCH (AP) Two U.S. Park Police officers say they gave “chance after chance” to a Northern Virginia man in a stop-and-go police chase before firing 10 shots that killed the unarmed driver in 2017, according to court records. Documents ...

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Lawyers stopped with guns in briefcases (access required)

Two lawyers recently tried to enter the Roanoke County courthouse with guns in their briefcases, according to a report from the chief general district judge. Judge Jacqueline F. Ward Talevi wrote to members of Roanoke-area bar associations to express “deep ...

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