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Lawyer takes deferral deal for criminal charge (access required)

A judge has approved a deferred dismissal deal for a Winchester lawyer accused of sexual battery of a client. Pursuant to the agreement for attorney Howard J. Manheimer, both prosecution and defense moved to have the misdemeanor sexual battery charge ...

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Judge dismisses water researcher’s defamation lawsuit

ROANOKE (AP) A judge has ruled that a Virginia Tech researcher who helped expose the Flint, Michigan, water crisis can’t silence critics with a federal defamation lawsuit. U.S. District Court Judge Michael Urbanski dismissed Marc Edwards’ $3 million lawsuit against ...

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Lawyer surrenders license amid accusations (access required)

A Lynchburg attorney has given up her license amid allegations that she misappropriated money from an elderly woman for whom she held power of attorney. Cherie A. Washburn is facing a civil lawsuit for her handling of the finances of ...

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Rapaport is Workers’ Comp fellow (access required)

Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commissioner Robert A. Rapaport has been inducted as a fellow of the College of Workers’ Compensation Lawyers. Rapaport was inducted at the college’s annual meeting in Coral Gables, Florida, on March 16. He joins the commission’s previous ...

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Judge sanctions Blacksburg attorney (access required)

A circuit judge has fined Blacksburg attorney Jonathan Fisher $600 for his behavior in trying to cut a plea deal with prosecutors in Floyd County. The sanction was imposed by Judge Marc Long, reports The Roanoke Times. Long penalized Fisher ...

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Judge approves settlement in jail death of mentally ill man

NORFOLK (AP) A $3 million settlement for the family of a mentally ill man who died in jail after being arrested for stealing $5 in snacks has been approved by a judge who called his death “shameful.” Jamycheal Mitchell had ...

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Former delegate admits to defrauding government

(AP) A former state lawmaker has pleaded guilty to defrauding the federal government by misusing a program that awards contracts to businesses owned by women and minorities. Former Del. Ron Villanueva, R-Virginia Beach, entered a guilty plea in federal court ...

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Congressman sues Twitter in Henrico court

WASHINGTON (AP)  Rep. Devin Nunes, R-California, is suing Twitter and several of its users for more than $250 million, accusing them of defamation and negligence. The defendants include two anonymous parody accounts, “Devin Nunes’ Mom” and “Devin Nunes’ Cow.” The ...

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DC sniper case to have US Supreme Court hearing

WASHINGTON (AP) The U.S. Supreme Court on March 18 agreed to consider Virginia’s plea to reinstate the life-without-parole sentence of a man who, as a teenager, participated in sniper shootings that terrorized the Washington, D.C., region in 2002. The justices ...

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US Supreme Court struggles with Virginia redistricting case

WASHINGTON (AP) The U.S. Supreme Court seemed to struggle March 18 with how to resolve a case that could help flip control of the Virginia House of Delegates to Democrats. The justices heard arguments in a case about the map ...

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