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Jail officials fined for not moving mentally ill inmate

NORTH PRINCE GEORGE (AP) A recently retired Virginia jail superintendent and another official have been convicted of contempt of court for failing to obey a judge’s order to transfer a mentally ill inmate to a hospital. Circuit Judge Lynn S. ...

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Ashworth to run for Ebert’s seat in Prince William (access required)

Manassas lawyer Amy Ashworth has announced she will run for the Democratic nomination for Prince William County commonwealth’s attorney, underscoring the question of whether veteran incumbent Paul Ebert will seek another term. Ebert says he will have an announcement next ...

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Court: Judges may accept hotel stays for bar meetings (access required)

The Supreme Court of Virginia wants to make it clear that judges can accept free membership in bar associations and attend expense-paid bar meetings. The court approved new commentary to judicial ethics rules Jan. 10 to specify a safe harbor ...

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Gorsuch named as trustee of Colonial Williamsburg Foundation

WILLIAMSBURG (AP) U.S. Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch has been elected to serve as a trustee of the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. Gorsuch was nominated to the high court by President Donald Trump and took his seat in April 2017. He ...

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Free CLE offered for idled federal lawyers

Just because you’re a federal government lawyer on furlough during the shutdown doesn’t mean you have to let your skills languish lounging around the house. The American Bar Association is coming to your rescue with five continuing legal education programs ...

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Feds: Former lawmaker defrauded minority contractor program

NORFOLK (AP) Federal authorities have accused a former state lawmaker of defrauding a program that awards lucrative government contracts to businesses owned by women and minorities. Former Del. Ron Villanueva of Virginia Beach was arrested Jan 10, The Virginian-Pilot reported. He ...

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Appeals court: Incumbent Protection Act unconstitutional (access required)

Virginia’s so-called Incumbent Protection Act is an unconstitutional burden on political parties’ right of free association, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled. The court affirmed the conclusion of U.S. District Judge Michael F. Urbanski who planned last ...

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Ex-student sues counselor after trying to kill himself

LEXINGTON (AP) A university and its counselor are being sued for $12 million each by a former student who says they didn’t do enough to stop his suicide attempts. A lawsuit filed Jan. 8 by Kionte Burnette accuses Washington & ...

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Judge remains hospitalized after car accident (access required)

Virginia Beach Judge Robert Hagans Jr. was hospitalized in critical condition following a Jan. 6 traffic crash, news outlets reported. Hagans, 66, was injured when his car ran into the back of a pickup truck stopped at a traffic light, ...

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Virginia firm says it has license to study medical marijuana

NORFOLK (AP) A research firm in Virginia says it has gotten a federal license to import high-quality extracts of marijuana for medical research. Sanyal Biotechnology will soon embark on a series of critical studies into treatment of various diseases and ...

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