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Robelen named as Supreme Court clerk (access required)

The Supreme Court of Virginia will elevate its chief deputy clerk to the clerk’s position next year. Douglas B. Robelen will succeed Clerk Patricia L. Harrington when she retires effective Feb. 1, the court announced Sept. 19. Robelen and Harrington ...

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Home detention for woman who faked will

STAFFORD (AP) A woman who pleaded guilty to faking a will to keep a drug dealer’s home from being seized has received a year of home detention. Both prosecutors and defense attorneys asked the judge not to impose jail time ...

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Opinion testimony excluded in capital murder trial (access required)

Prince William County prosecutors who missed a key deadline for disclosures in a capital murder case will not be allowed to offer “cause of death” testimony from expert witnesses, a judge has ruled. Circuit Judge Steven S. Smith said Sept. ...

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Teen gets 75 years for role in 2 random slayings

VIRGINIA BEACH (AP) A Virginia teen has been sentenced to 75 years in prison for his role in a series of random shootings that killed two people and left three others wounded. Angelo Antonio Worlds, 19, told the judge at ...

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1 dead after apparent tornado touches down in Chesterfield

CHESTERFIELD, Va. (AP) — One person was killed after the remnants of Hurricane Florence spawned an apparent tornado that touched down in the Richmond area Sept. 17 and caused a building to collapse, authorities said. Chesterfield Fire/EMS spokesman Lt. Jason ...

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Lawyer who smuggled phone to inmate is disbarred (access required)

A Richmond lawyer sentenced to three months for conspiring to smuggle a cellphone and prescription drugs to a jail inmate has surrendered her law license. Dana Tapper pleaded guilty to three felonies on Aug. 2 in Prince George Circuit Court ...

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City attorney clashes with judge over foster cases (access required)

The Lynchburg city attorney has taken a juvenile and domestic relations judge to court over the judge’s insistence that city lawyers cover all foster care cases in his court. The city attorney is seeking a writ of prohibition arguing the ...

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NRA lawyer kicked off Virginia lawsuit for ethical sanction

ALEXANDRIA (AP) A lawyer representing the National Rifle Association in a Virginia lawsuit has been removed from the case for not disclosing an ethical sanction. William Brewer III was to defend the NRA against an insurance broker, but wasn’t licensed ...

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Woman attacked by dog sues owner for $600K

ROANOKE (AP) A Virginia woman who was with her children when she was attacked by an English bull terrier and dragged to the ground is suing the dog’s owner for $600,000. Crystal Gayle Motley’s August lawsuit alleges the attack left ...

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Suit challenges driver’s license suspension for unpaid fees

CHARLOTTESVILLE (AP) An amended class-action lawsuit has been filed seeking to end Virginia’s enforcement of its law suspending driver’s licenses for people with unpaid criminal or traffic court debt. The Legal Aid Justice Center filed the complaint Sept. 11 in ...

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