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Judge refuses to add absentee ballots to House vote

(AP) A federal judge has refused to order that 55 absentee ballots be counted in the election of a member of the Virginia House of Delegates. The Washington Post reports Judge Claude Hilton said Friday in Alexandria that while the ballots ...

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Ex-banker in Virginia sentenced in $3 million fraud

ALEXANDRIA (AP) A former Virginia bank executive has been sentenced to more than six years in prison for an identity theft and fraud scheme that netted more than $3 million. Prosecutors say in a news release that 39-year-old Kirk Marsh ...

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Rolling Stone slams defamation claim in campus rape story

(AP) Rolling Stone is defending itself against a defamation lawsuit over a discredited article about a University of Virginia gang rape by arguing that members of a school fraternity knew about discrepancies in the woman’s claims weeks before the article ...

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Waldo named to ALI (access required)

The American Law Institute has elected Norfolk attorney Joseph T. Waldo as a member as it embarks on a major study of property law in America. Waldo is the only Virginia lawyer among 37 new members selected by the ALI. ...

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Virginia death row inmate gets hearing on witness statements

(AP) A federal appeals court has ordered a lower court to hold a hearing on a Virginia death row inmate’s claim that prosecutors failed to turn over evidence favorable to him. Anthony Juniper was sentenced to death for the 2004 ...

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Reynolds named bankruptcy clerk (access required)

Alexandria bankruptcy court staffer James W. Reynolds has been selected to succeed John W. L. Craig II as clerk of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Virginia. Announcement of Reynolds’ selection was made Nov. 17 by Chief ...

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Lawyer kept client money in desk drawer (access required)

A lawyer’s locked desk drawer served as his “trust account” for several years, according to a Virginia State Bar disciplinary determination. The lawyer – George H. Edwards of Chesterfield – last month accepted a public reprimand with terms for violations ...

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Court-related phone scams continue

Federal officials say scammers may take advantage of the holiday season to steal your money. The U.S. marshals are alerting the public of several nationwide imposter scams involving individuals claiming to be U.S. marshals, court officers or other law enforcement ...

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Review: Poor communication hampered Charlottesville response

(AP) A review commissioned by Virginia officials found poor communication between state and local responders during a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville led to confusion about the “rules of engagement” with protesters. The International Association of Chiefs of Police conducted ...

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Marathon winners disqualified for using agent tied to doping

(AP) Marathon winners in Virginia have been stripped of their titles. Officials said they were managed by a Russian sports agent who was banned from participating in the races — and many others — over doping concerns. The Richmond Times-Dispatch ...

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