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Brennan named as bar counsel (access required)

The Virginia State Bar Council voted Feb. 23 to appoint Renu M. Brennan to the post of bar counsel, succeeding the retired Edward L. Davis. As bar counsel, Brennan heads the VSB Department of Professional Regulation which investigates and prosecutes ...

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Poarch named as AAAA fellow (access required)

Salem-based immigration and adoption attorney Christine Poarch has been named a fellow of the Academy of Adoption and Assisted Reproduction Attorneys. The Indiana-based AAAA is the largest professional organization in the law of family formation. It includes 470 attorneys, law professors, ...

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Assembly elects additional judges (access required)

The General Assembly filled a handful of vacant trial court judgeships as it neared the end of the 2019 session on Feb. 21. Legislators elevated Patrick County General District Judge Marcus A. Brinks to the circuit bench and added lawyers ...

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Republicans, Democrats spar over hearings on Lt. Gov.

(AP) A messy partisan battle is looming over efforts by Virginia lawmakers to investigate two women’s allegations of rape against one of the state’s top officials. Republican House Speaker Kirk Cox blasted Democrats Thursday as obstructionists, saying they are intent ...

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Supreme Court orders new hearing in 1997 assault

(AP) The Supreme Court of Virginia has ordered a new hearing for a man convicted of beating and shooting a co-worker at the Daily Press newspaper in 1997. Nathaniel Dennis is serving a life sentence in the attack on Lynwood ...

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Judge reverses bail denial for activist who exposed breast

(AP) After initially ordering a New York woman who mimicked Virginia’s seal by exposing her breast outside the Capitol to be held without bail, a Richmond judge has agreed to release her. Richmond General District Court Chief Judge Lawrence B. ...

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Protester who exposed self held without bail

(AP) A New York woman who mimicked Virginia’s state seal by exposing her breast outside the state Capitol during a protest in support of the Equal Rights Amendment is being held without bail. A magistrate initially set bail for Michelle ...

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Prosecutors: Probe of inmate’s death blocked by ‘resistance’

(AP) Prosecutors have released a report the 2015 death of a mentally ill man who had been jailed for stealing $5 in snacks, saying their investigation is still missing information that could help determine if anyone can be criminally charged ...

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Lawmakers OK speed cameras in work zones

(AP) For the first time in Virginia, police officers could issue speeding tickets through the mail — without pulling over the speeding motorist — under legislation sitting on Gov. Ralph Northam’s desk. SB 1521, which cleared its final hurdle in ...

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School district split over ending transgender bathroom ban

GLOUCESTER (AP) A Virginia school district that has drawn national attention for its transgender bathroom ban appeared starkly divided Feb. 19 over the prospect of ending the policy, provoking citations of scripture and the higher suicide rate among transgender teens. ...

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