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Boente to retire

WASHINGTON (AP) The FBI’s top lawyer, Dana Boente, who has spent nearly 40 years with the Justice Department, is leaving the bureau. Boente has been targeted for criticism over the last year by some conservative commentators and supporters of President ...

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Vacant Richmond office tower brought down with implosion

(AP) A 21-story office tower in downtown Richmond was brought to the ground May 30 in an early morning implosion. The Dominion Energy-owned building known as One James River Plaza came down around 7 a.m. at its  location on East ...

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State Bar pays $30,659 to former clients (access required)

The Virginia State Bar Clients’ Protection Fund Board authorized reimbursement payments totaling $30,659 to clients of eight former Virginia attorneys at recent meetings. In the largest award, a long-standing client of Travis J. Tisinger of Berryville was reimbursed $12,000 for retainer fees ...

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New job claim scam targets Virginia lawyers

The Virginia State Bar is asking all lawyers to be wary of a scam in which a potential client claiming wrongful termination requests legal assistance with an employee severance agreement from Cardinal Health. What appears to be a typical employment ...

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Supreme Court rules in FOIA case long delayed by lawmaker

(AP) A group of elected officials in Southwest Virginia violated the state’s open government law during meetings about dissolving a public library system, the Virginia Supreme Court ruled May 28 in a case long delayed by a lawmaker’s use of a ...

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Northam says next phase of reopening at least a week away

(AP) Looser restrictions on businesses and social gatherings during the coronavirus pandemic are still at least a week away in Virginia, the governor said Thursday. Gov. Ralph Northam said current coronavirus-related trends are “encouraging” but more data is needed before the state ...

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New lawsuit filed against Virginia Tech over hazing

ROANOKE (AP) Another former cadet has filed a lawsuit against Virginia Tech over being suspended in connection with a blood-pinning ceremony. The lawsuit filed May 27 in federal court alleges the university violated the due process rights of Christopher J. ...

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State attorney general warns businesses about charges

(AP) State lawyers have issued warnings to more than 100 businesses in Virginia about price gouging during the COVID-19 pandemic, the state’s attorney general said May 27. Attorney General Mark Herring’s office has sent at least 114 warning letters in ...

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Carroll Foy formally launches bid for governor

(AP) Democratic state Del. Jennifer Carroll Foy formally launched her bid for Virginia governor May 27, using email and social media to make an initial appeal to voters amid the social distancing constraints of the coronavirus pandemic. The two-term lawmaker and Dumfries ...

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Judge kicks two Nunes lawsuits out of Virginia (access required)

A federal judge says Virginia courts are not the proper venue for California Congressman Devin Nunes to pursue his defamation claims against CNN and the Washington Post. U.S. District judge Robert E. Payne transferred the CNN action to New York ...

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