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Governor proclaims May ‘Second Chance Month’

(AP) Gov. Ralph Northam has proclaimed May “Second Chance Month” in a bid to focus attention on criminal justice reform and inmate reentry programs. Northam said in a statement May 8 that redemption is a “fundamental American value” and that ...

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Feds sue WV governor’s coal companies over safety violations

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) The U.S. government has sued nearly two dozen of West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice’s coal companies to get them to pay about $4.8 million in unpaid mine safety fines. The civil lawsuit was filed May 7 by ...

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Courts trying online vouchers for court-appointed work (access required)

Lawyers in several Virginia localities are using digital devices instead of pen and paper to submit payment forms for court-appointed work. A court official says one result could be faster delivery of the check. The automated DC-40 voucher program has ...

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Cuccinelli headlines energy reform effort

(AP) Former Republican Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli is headlining a new coalition advocating to “uberize” the state’s electric utilities by promoting competition. Cuccinelli and groups from across the political spectrum announced Tuesday the formation of the Virginia Energy Reform Coalition, ...

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Judge strikes down physicians-only abortion law

(AP) A federal judge has struck down a Virginia law that says only physicians can perform first-trimester abortions. U.S. District Judge Henry E. Hudson issued his ruling May 6. His opinion could increase access to abortions in the state by ...

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Lawsuit asks to end solitary confinement in state prisons

(AP) The use of long-term solitary confinement at two of Virginia’s toughest prisons has caused “severe physical and mental health damage” to inmates, including hallucinations, post-traumatic stress disorder and suicidal thoughts, the American Civil Liberties Union alleges in a federal ...

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Prosecutor seeks election fraud charges

NORFOLK (AP) A special prosecutor says he has presented two indictments of election fraud against someone who worked on a failed re-election campaign for a Republican congressman last year. Special prosecutor Donald Caldwell said May 6 his investigation into Scott Taylor’s ...

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May gets GOP nod for PWC commonwealth’s attorney (access required)

Fairfax lawyer Mike May defeated ex-prosecutor Tim Olmstead in a May 4 primary to carry the Republican banner in November’s election for Prince William County commonwealth’s attorney. May won with 57 percent of the vote, according to the Prince William ...

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Court: State can’t revert to old death row conditions

(AP) A federal appeals court has ruled that Virginia cannot go back to isolating death row inmates and denying them access to recreational facilities. On May 3, a divided three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld ...

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Two honored by Roanoke Bar

The Roanoke Bar Association recognized two attorneys at the RBA annual Law Day Celebration May 1. Devon R. Slovensky received the 2019 Young Lawyer of the Year Award, which recognizes an outstanding young lawyer demonstrating dedicated service to the RBA, ...

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