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Re-entry program cuts recidivism rate

(AP) Over the past 14 years, Richard Walker went from dodging incarceration to running a volunteer organization aimed at helping other ex-offenders stay clean and out of prison. The efforts of groups like his are one reason Virginia has the ...

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Man charged with threatening congressman

ABINGDON (AP) Federal authorities have charged a California man with threatening a Virginia congressman in Facebook posts. Authorities say 28-year-old Eun Soo Lee of Cypress, California was arrested Thursday in California and charged with threatening Republican Rep. Tom Garrett of ...

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Austin honored by Roanoke bar (access required)

Roanoke attorney J. Rudy Austin has been selected as the 2018 recipient of the Roanoke Bar Association Frank W. “Bo” Rogers Jr. Lifetime Achievement Award. Austin, a retired partner at the Gentry Locke firm, will be formally presented with the award at ...

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168 pass February bar exam (access required)

Virginia has 105 new lawyers as of April 13. The Virginia Board of Bar Examiners has announced results of the February Virginia Bar Examination showing 105 applicants passed the bar and met all other admission requirements and are now licensed ...

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Group hopes to reduce high eviction rates in Virginia

(AP) Legal aid attorneys and affordable housing advocates from across Virginia have formed a coalition to try to figure out why Richmond and several other cities in the state have some of the highest eviction rates in the country. The ...

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Gates barred: Lawyer sanctioned for courthouse behavior (access required)

A Chesterfield County bankruptcy lawyer has been banished from bankruptcy court for six months for unruly behavior at the federal courthouse security station. Richard O. Gates – a veteran bankruptcy lawyer who has handled 9,170 cases since 1990 – was ...

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Medicaid expansion still unresolved in General Assembly

(AP) Virginia lawmakers briefly returned to the Capitol on Wednesday to kick off a new round of negotiations over whether to expand Medicaid. But there was little actual movement on the issue, or any sign of when there might be ...

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Man to be freed after judge finds plea deal was kept secret

VIRGINIA BEACH (AP) A Virginia Beach man has accepted a plea deal nearly six years after it was offered. Navy veteran Lester Belmar Jr. was sentenced to 15 years in prison on charges including murder. Belmar said he learned weeks ...

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Bar groups announce judge choices (access required)

Two more bar groups have announced their recommendations for filling the judgeship of U.S. District Judge Glen E. Conrad of the Western District of Virginia. The Virginia Bar Association listed its endorsements in alphabetical order: U.S. Magistrate Judge Robert S. ...

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Special session on Medicaid, budget to start

(AP)  Virginia lawmakers are coming back to the Capitol today seeking to pass a budget after failing to do so earlier this year. The hang-up: An intraparty feud between Republicans in the GOP-led General Assembly over whether to expand Medicaid. ...

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