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NRA sues Fairfax attorney over client files (access required)

The National Rifle Association has sued to get client files from Fairfax County attorney Mark R. Dycio, but Dycio’s lawyer says the NRA was never a client. The NRA’s lawsuit, filed Dec. 27 in Fairfax County Circuit Court, contends Dycio ...

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Senate approves $25 million spending boost for Legal Services Corporation (access required)

On Dec. 19, the U.S. Senate passed an appropriations legislation by a vote of 81-11 that will include $440 million for the Legal Services Corporation. This is a $25 million increase to the appropriation LSC received last year.  It is ...

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2 suspects arrested in restaurant robbery, shooting

MANASSAS (AP) Two men have been arrested in a fatal shooting and robbery at a Northern Virginia restaurant, police said. Prince William County Police said that Jordan Anderson, 22, of Manassas, was charged with one count of murder, along with malicious wounding ...

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Judge orders government to make changes to terror watchlist

FALLS CHURCH (AP) A federal judge is ordering the government to make changes to its watchlist of more than 1 million people whose inclusion marks them as known or suspected terrorists, but for now he’s giving the government latitude to ...

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Virginia lawmaker proposes bill to end Lee-Jackson holiday

(AP) A Virginia lawmaker has filed a bill that would scrap the state’s Lee-Jackson holiday celebrating two Confederate generals and add one on Election Day. Del. Joseph Lindsey’s measure is one of hundreds lawmakers will consider when they convene next ...

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Virginia governor seeks bill replacing Lee statue in Capitol

(AP) Gov. Ralph Northam’s office said Dec. 23 that he will push for legislation replacing Virginia’s statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee housed in the United States Capitol. The governor filed a drafting request for a bill that would ...

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Herring: Gun sanctuary resolutions have ‘no legal effect’

(AP) Resolutions passed by local governments declaring themselves “Second Amendment Sanctuaries” have “no legal effect,” Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring says. Since Democrats won majorities in the state Senate and House of Delegates in November, more than 100 cities, towns ...

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Growing pains reported for SCC website (access required)

A new electronic filing system for the State Corporation Commission may be frustrating some users, but a spokesperson said the improvements should be worth the pain of transition. Gone is the old SCC eFile. The enhanced Clerk’s Information System was ...

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Proposal: Limit types of responsive pleadings (access required)

A civil litigation study panel recommends the Supreme Court nail down a finite list of “responsive pleadings” to avoid the risk of default judgment with use of an obscure defensive plea. An extensive study offered no clarity on the state ...

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Feds: Doctor illegally prescribed more than 50,000 pills

NORTON (AP) Officials in Virginia say a Norton doctor has pleaded guilty to illegally prescribing more than 50,000 pills that are used to treat pain and anxiety. U.S. Attorney Thomas T. Cullen and Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring said in ...

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