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Former Gov. Gerald Baliles dies at 79

(AP) Former Gov. Gerald Baliles, a Democrat known as the “transportation governor” and for his work to clean up the Chesapeake Bay and to increase foreign trade, has died. He was 79. Gov. Ralph Northam issued a statement saying Baliles ...

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Capital defender to open private practice (access required)

Veteran capital defender Doug Ramseur says he’s leaving public service and opening his own office in Richmond. Ramseur has served 17 years in the state’s capital defender’s offices. Most recently, he has been the capital defender for the central region ...

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Judge clarifies: State cannot ask marriage applicants about race

ALEXANDRIA (AP) A federal judge has ordered Virginia to stop asking marriage applicants to identify themselves by race. The order issued Oct. 28 by U.S. District Judge Rossie Alston in Alexandria comes in response to a lawsuit filed by three ...

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Scope of judge’s ruling on marriage licenses questioned

FALLS CHURCH (AP) A judge recently struck down a Virginia law requiring marriage applicants to disclose their race, but the two sides in the legal dispute disagree over what the judge’s ruling means. Earlier this month, federal judge Rossie D. ...

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Leesburg lawyer disbarred for trust violations (access required)

A Loudoun County attorney admits he misappropriated more than $850,000 from fiduciary accounts, according to a statement he submitted to the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board. J. Christopher Chamblin of Leesburg agreed to revocation of his law license in an ...

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Feds charge former sheriff with bribery

NORFOLK (AP) The former sheriff in Virginia’s second-largest city has been indicted on federal bribery charges. Federal authorities said in an Oct. 24 statement that former Norfolk sheriff Bob McCabe engaged in an “illicit quid pro quo relationship” with a ...

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County reverses ban on sleeping in cars overnight

ROANOKE (AP) Roanoke County has reversed a ban on sleeping in cars overnight. The Oct. 23 reversal by the county board came after months of backlash over the February ordinance, The Roanoke Times reported. The newspaper said the ordinance was decried ...

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Bar rates 2 ‘highly qualified’ for Hauler seat (access required)

The Chesterfield Bar Association is recommending two juvenile and domestic relations judges as “highly qualified” for a circuit court vacancy. Six other candidates are deemed “qualified.” The bar’s evaluations are directed to legislators who could fill the seat of retired ...

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Eastern Shore solo suspended 2 years (access required)

An Eastern Shore lawyer with a track record of seven disciplinary sanctions in 12 years has received a second license suspension, this one for two years. Paul G. Watson of Eastville has practiced for nearly 24 years, mostly as a ...

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Prosecutor: Norfolk can move Confederate monument

NORFOLK (AP) The Norfolk commonwealth’s attorney says the city can remove a Confederate monument, despite a state law that bars the removal of war memorials. Commonwealth’s Attorney Gregory Underwood filed court documents Oct. 22 seeking to dismiss a city lawsuit ...

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