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Cullen scores top marks from bar panel in judgeship bid (access required)

A Virginia State Bar evaluation committee ranked Western District U.S. Attorney Thomas Cullen as “highly qualified” to fill the judgeship of the semi-retired U.S. District Judge Glen Conrad. Cullen, 42, is the apparent White House choice for the seat after ...

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State sues Teva Pharmaceuticals over opioids

(AP) Virginia’s attorney general has filed a new lawsuit over the opioid crisis, even as the top government lawyers in some states are pushing to settle claims over powerful prescription painkillers. Mark Herring’s suit, filed Oct. 31, alleges that Teva ...

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Man gets 5 years in cocaine case while in ambulance

(AP) A convicted drug dealer who weighs 750 pounds was sentenced to five years in prison during a hearing that was held in a courthouse loading dock as he lay on a stretcher inside an ambulance. U.S. District Judge David ...

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Fairfax seeks candidates for commissioner of accounts

The Fairfax County Circuit Court is seeking applicants to be appointed commissioner of accounts. Any member of the bar wishing to be considered by the circuit court judges may get an application by contacting Kurt Lockwood at kurt.lockwood@fairfaxcounty.gov. The completed ...

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Judge seeks new term after suspension (access required)

A Virginia general district judge hopes to be elected to another six-year term even though he was removed from the bench for two months and under supervision for two years for his courthouse conduct in 2015. The judge’s behavior will ...

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Ex-UVa football player convicted in investment fraud scheme

(AP) A former University of Virginia football player has been convicted by a federal jury of scamming investors out of $10 million. Merrill Robertson Jr. was convicted Oct. 28 of conspiracy, mail fraud, wire fraud, bank fraud and money laundering. ...

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Appeals court hears dispute over pipeline compressor station

(AP) Lawyers for opponents of a natural gas compressor station proposed in a historic African American community in Virginia told a federal appeals court that the state has failed to carefully consider the potential health impacts of the station and ...

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Lawyer pleads, gets 1 year in jail for triple fatality (access required)

A Virginia lawyer who caused the deaths of three people standing near a Richmond-area highway last summer has pleaded guilty to reckless driving in an agreement that calls for a 12-month jail sentence. Claire C. Carr reportedly had been texting ...

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Former Gov. Gerald Baliles dies at 79

(AP) Former Gov. Gerald Baliles, a Democrat known as the “transportation governor” and for his work to clean up the Chesapeake Bay and to increase foreign trade, has died. He was 79. Gov. Ralph Northam issued a statement saying Baliles ...

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Capital defender to open private practice (access required)

Veteran capital defender Doug Ramseur says he’s leaving public service and opening his own office in Richmond. Ramseur has served 17 years in the state’s capital defender’s offices. Most recently, he has been the capital defender for the central region ...

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