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State senator proposes three-strikes law amendment

(AP) A Virginia state senator has submitted a bill to change the state’s three-strikes law to restore parole eligibility in certain cases. Democratic State Sen. Scott Surovell confirmed to The Virginian-Pilot he submitted the proposed legislation Monday. The bill would amend a ...

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Conrad to take senior status (access required)

U.S. District Judge Glen E. Conrad of Virginia’s Western District is taking senior status, his office reports. In a letter to President Trump, Conrad said he would assume senior status on Monday, Dec. 11, his assistant said. The move was ...

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Officials deny permit for violent rally anniversary event

CHARLOTTESVILLE (AP) Officials in Charlottesville have denied a permit requested by an organizer of the August white nationalist protest that turned violent. City Manager Maurice Jones wrote Monday that the “proposed demonstration or special event will present a danger to ...

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Martinsville prosecutor resigns (access required)

Martinsville Commonwealth’s Attorney H. Clay Gravely IV has announced his resignation due to health concerns. According to a letter of resignation cited by the Martinsville Bulletin, Gravely said that he had been battling colon cancer and reached a point where ...

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Lawyer surrenders license after VSB charges obstruction (access required)

A Manassas lawyer agreed to give up his law license Dec. 7 confronted with allegations that he misled and obstructed a bar investigator. The agreed disbarment of Jonathan D. Esten comes a year after he agreed to a public reprimand ...

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Prince William bar endorses judicial candidates (access required)

The Prince William County Bar Association on Dec. 7 nominated a slate of candidates for up to four possible judgeship selections by the 2018 General Assembly: Circuit Court (2 anticipated vacancies): Jim Willett Angela Horan (current GDC Judge) Lisa Baird ...

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Former UVa, NFL player gets 40 years for investment fraud

(AP) A former University of Virginia and pro football player has been sentenced to 40 years for running a $10 million fraud scheme that victimized more than 50 investors. Federal prosecutors said in a news release that 37-year-old Merrill Robertson ...

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Court rules detective violated teen’s rights in sexting case

(AP) A federal appeals court has reinstated a lawsuit against the estate of a former police detective who took explicit photos of a teenager during a “sexting” investigation. A lower court judge had tossed out the lawsuit filed by Trey ...

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Suspended attorney to serve 30 days in plea deal (access required)

A Winchester attorney – currently under impairment suspension – agreed to a plea agreement Dec. 5 calling for 30 days in jail for driving with a suspended license. The plea deal for lawyer Shelly Collette in Winchester Circuit Court included ...

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Crime commission recommends expanding DNA database

(AP) The Virginia State Crime Commission has recommended expanding the list of crimes that require a convict’s DNA sample. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reported Monday that the legislation would add several misdemeanors to a DNA database. They include assault and battery, domestic ...

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