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Raphael returns to Hunton (access required)

Former Virginia solicitor General Stuart A. Raphael is returning to his former law firm’s Washington office. Hunton & Williams LLP has announced that Raphael and West Virginia’s Elbert Lin have joined the firm as partners in the litigation practice in its Washington and Richmond ...

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Gillespie proposes raising felony threshold

(AP) Republican candidate for governor Ed Gillespie is unveiling a series of criminal justice reform proposals that would lighten punishments for certain crimes. Gillespie said at a Richmond barbershop Aug. 6 that the state needed to rethink some of its ...

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Virginia prison blamed for inmates’ deaths

WASHINGTON (AP) Two inmates’ deaths and amputation of another’s leg have led to a contempt motion in federal court against a Virginia prison that settled complaints last year regarding health care. The Washington Post reports a Wednesday filing says Fluvanna Correctional Center ...

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White honored for career service

The Judicial Council of Virginia has named Campbell County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Judge A. Ellen White as the recipient of the 2016 Harry L. Carrico Outstanding Career Service Award. The award was presented to White Aug. 28 at the ...

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Calderón receives Powell Pro Bono Award

Fairfax attorney Ofelia Calderón has been awarded the 2017 Lewis F. Powell Jr. Pro Bono Award from the Virginia State Bar. Calderón’s nomination cited her involvement over the years in the Board of Immigration Appeals Screening Project, the Legal Aid ...

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Virginia death row has fewest number of inmates in decades

(AP) Virginia has the fewest number of inmates on death row since July 1979, shortly after it resumed carrying out the penalty following a 1972 Supreme Court ruling that halted executions across the U.S. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reported Tuesday that Virginia has ...

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Pomrenke contempt hearing on schedule (access required)

An Abingdon federal judge has cleared the way for a criminal contempt trial against a sitting Virginia judge this month. U.S. District Judge James P. Jones on Sept. 5 denied objections to a ruling that requires Virginia’s Judicial Inquiry and ...

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Rebel without a case (access required)

After a two-year, $10 million reno­vation, the York County Courthouse in York, South Carolina, reopened earlier this year to a mostly warm reception. It featured refurbished wood floors, cathe­dral-style ceilings, and elevators. What it did not feature is the Con­federate ...

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Fore play on the fairway (access required)

Two amorous young folks have found themselves in the legal rough after they were allegedly caught having sex on a golf course in Tega Cay. Dakota Payne, 19, and Kiernan Hen­nessey, 24, were found lying on the fair­way of the ...

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Nominate a Fellow

The Virginia Law Foundation is now accepting nominations for the 2018 Class of Fellows. The deadline has been extended to Sept. 15, 2017. Candidates must meet the following criteria to be eligible for nomination: 1. Be an active or associate ...

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