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Supreme Court bars man from further appeals targeting ex-wife (access required)

The Supreme Court of Virginia has closed its doors to a persistent litigant who has peppered the courts for years with lawsuits contesting child custody, visitation and support orders. Timothy M. Barrett – a former Virginia attorney – lost his ...

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Juneteenth brings inconsistent closings

Gov. Ralph Northam has ordered state executive branch offices closed today, June 19, in recognition of Juneteenth. The new holiday – sometimes known as “Emancipation Day” – marks the day that Union soldiers told enslaved blacks in Texas that the ...

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Injunction extended against removing Lee statue

(AP) A judge on Thursday extended a court order preventing Virginia’s governor from removing a historic statue of Gen. Robert E. Lee from a famed avenue in the former capital of the Confederacy. Richmond Circuit Court Judge Bradley Cavedo ruled ...

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Supreme Court rebuffs challenge to virus orders (access required)

A Richmond lawyer lacks standing to claim Gov. Ralph Northam’s virus orders are ultra vires, the Supreme Court of Virginia has ruled. Bradley P. Marrs asked the Supreme Court to invalidate Northam’s orders in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, claiming ...

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Democrat McClellan announces bid for governor

(AP) A state senator is launching a bid to be Virginia’s next governor, which if successful would make her the nation’s first African American woman to lead a state. Sen. Jennifer McClellan announced June 18 that she’s running for governor ...

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Plaintiffs drop 1 lawsuit, file another over Lee statue

(AP) A group of property owners along Richmond’s famed Monument Avenue dropped one lawsuit and immediately replaced it with another seeking to block the removal of a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee, an attorney for the group said. ...

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Man seeks internet access at work despite child porn conviction

NORFOLK (AP) The superintendent at a Virginia shipyard is trying to get a judge’s permission to use the internet at work even though he was convicted of sharing videos of child pornography online. Willoughby Warren “Billy” Colonna IV was convicted ...

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AG Herring seeks dismissal of Lee statue lawsuit

(AP) A lawsuit seeking to stop Gov. Ralph Northam’s plan to remove a large, historic statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee in Richmond should be dismissed, Virginia’s attorney general argued in a June 16 court filing. Attorney General Mark Herring ...

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Supreme Court calls for pro bono work to address racial divide

The Supreme Court of Virginia has responded to the country’s “racial divide” by urging equal treatment in the courts and a commitment to service to the public. In a June 16 statement to the judiciary and the bar of Virginia, ...

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Richmond mayor announces police chief’s resignation

Richmond’s mayor said he has asked for and accepted the resignation of the city’s police chief, saying Virginia’s capital needs “a new approach” to public safety. Mayor Levar Stoney announced Chief William Smith’s departure at a June 16 news conference ...

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