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Judge may be first in Northern Virginia to drop cash bonds

FAIRFAX (AP) A Northern Virginia judge may be the first in the area to do away with cash bonds. Fairfax County Judge David Bernhard is granting freedom to defendants not deemed a danger or flight risk, The Washington Post reported June 14. ...

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Court denies stay of Morrissey disbarment (access required)

Richmond-area lawyer Joe Morrissey will have to close shop as an attorney while he appeals his disbarment by a three-judge circuit court. The Supreme Court of Virginia on June 14 denied Morrissey’s petition for a stay of his license revocation. ...

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Bluefield man accused of $17.7M fraud (access required)

Federal prosecutors are accusing a Bluefield, Virginia, businessman of running schemes that defrauded coal industry investors of $17.725 million. A federal judge in Virginia has frozen the man’s assets. The defendant – Larry Wayne Price Jr. – was jailed last ...

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Morrissey appeals disbarment, seeks stay (access required)

Richmond-area attorney Joe Morrissey has appealed his disbarment by a panel of circuit court judges and is asking for a hold on the court’s action. Although the circuit judges revoked Morrissey’s law license in a March 30 decision, under lawyer ...

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Judge denies trial delay for defendant on hunger strike

VIRGINIA BEACH (AP) A Virginia Beach judge has refused to delay a trial for a murder suspect who’s refused to eat for the past two months. The Virginian-Pilot reports Circuit Judge Steven Frucci refused June 13 to delay the trial, set to start ...

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Watkins withdraws from SCC consideration

(AP) A former Virginia lawmaker has withdrawn his name from consideration to be a top regulator of public utilities, financial service companies and other businesses. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that former Sen. John Watkins has said he is no longer interested in ...

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Nonsuit ends Huguely civil suit

CHARLOTTESVILLE (AP) The family of a slain University of Virginia student has withdrawn a $29.5 million wrongful death lawsuit against her ex-boyfriend, who was convicted of killing her. The Daily Progress reports a Charlottesville Circuit Court judge’s ruling Monday terminates the civil ...

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Prosecutor killed in skateboard accident

DANVILLE (AP) A prosecutor from southside Virginia has died after he collided with a pickup truck while riding a skateboard. News outlets report 27-year-old Chad Atchison was riding a skateboard on Green Street in Danville around 12:45 a.m. June 9 when he ...

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Murder suspect’s hunger strike goes 50 days

VIRGINIA BEACH (AP) A murder suspect in Virginia Beach is on a hunger strike that has lasted more than 50 days, prompting prosecutors to seek permission to have him force-fed. The Virginian-Pilot reports city prosecutor Christianna Cunningham said at an emergency court ...

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Family sues college, frat over son’s alcohol-related death

HAMPDEN SYDNEY (AP) The parents of a freshman who died from alcohol intoxication are suing his college, his fraternity and several of its members. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that Harrison Carter Cole’s parents filed the $78 million lawsuit Thursday. The 18-year-old Hampden-Sydney ...

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