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Pomrenkes sentenced to more prison time (access required)

Former Virginia Juvenile and Domestic Relations Judge Kurt Pomrenke and his wife are going back to federal prison. U.S. District Judge James P. Jones on Jan. 26 sentenced Stacey Pomrenke to 30 months in prison and Kurt Pomrenke to 12 ...

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Plan for Chesterfield public defender office advances (access required)

A Senate committee has approved a proposal to spend $3 million to establish a public defender’s office for Chesterfield County. Sponsor Sen. Joe Morrissey made a pitch for the plan Jan. 25 before the Senate Judiciary Committee, listing four “essential ...

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Two court systems to resume jury trials after break

ROANOKE (AP) Two Virginia counties have announced plans to resume jury trials after having taken a 10-month break due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Montgomery and Giles counties are the first court systems in the New River Valley to receive state ...

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Bill to eliminate mandatory minimums wins committee approval

(AP) A proposal to eliminate most mandatory minimum sentences in Virginia won approval from a key legislative committee Jan. 25. The legislation cleared by the Senate Judiciary Committee would end mandatory minimum jail and prison terms for more than 200 ...

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Frequent no-show lawyer gets 2-month suspension

A Blacksburg attorney whose court attendance lapses drew attention from judges across the New River and Roanoke valleys has had his law license suspended for two months. Jonathan P. Fisher, 44, was charged with ethics violations for missing court dates ...

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Judge: lawsuit over elite school’s admissions can move ahead

FAIRFAX (AP) A judge is allowing a group of parents to move forward with a legal challenge to new admissions policies designed to create a more diverse student body at an elite public high school in Northern Virginia. Fairfax County ...

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Courthouse march protests fatal shooting of man by trooper

GOOCHLAND (AP) Protestors marched to the Goochland County courthouse Jan. 22 to demand the release by Virginia State Police and local authorities of bodycam footage of the fatal shooting of an 18-year-old. The marchers went to the courthouse, which houses ...

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Circuit court would get prompt control when criminal charges go up (access required)

A measure to declare that Virginia circuit courts promptly have jurisdiction when criminal charges are certified by a district court or appealed from a district court is advancing at the General Assembly. Under House Bill 2150, when a district court ...

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Family sues 2 Richmond officers, claims excessive force

(AP) A Virginia family has filed a lawsuit against two police officers who the group claim unjustifiably attacked them following a car crash in 2019. In the lawsuit, Elder Chacon, Brenda Samayoa and their 12-year-old daughter state two Richmond police officers ...

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Group to pay $10K to Charlottesville car attack survivor

CHARLOTTESVILLE (AP) An Ohio-based neo-Nazi group will pay $10,000 to the survivor of a car attack that had occurred during the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville. The  group is called the Traditionalist Worker Party, The Daily Progress reported. A lawsuit ...

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