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Judge finds fraud; orders candidate off ballot

(AP) An independent candidate must be removed from the ballot in a competitive Virginia congressional race due to forged voter signatures on her petitions, a judge ruled Sept. 5, saying he found evidence of “out-and-out fraud.” Richmond Circuit Court Judge ...

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Speaker appeals redistricting ruling to high court

(AP) The Republican speaker of the House of Delegates has filed a formal appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court seeking to overturn a court ruling that found 11 House districts were unconstitutionally gerrymandered. A federal court ruled in June that ...

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Reporters at Tronc-owned papers plan to unionize

NORFOLK (AP) Journalists at two daily newspapers in Tidewater have announced plans to form a union. Reporters and photographers at the Daily Press in Newport News and The Virginian-Pilot in Norfolk announced in a statement Tuesday that they plan to ...

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Congressman subpoenaed in election fraud lawsuit

(AP) U.S. Rep. Scott Taylor has been subpoenaed to testify in a lawsuit that accuses members of his campaign staff of forging signatures to help an independent candidate get on the ballot for the 2nd Congressional District. Democrats are suing ...

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Lawyer gets reprimand for balking at trial (access required)

A lawyer who refused to participate in his client’s criminal trial after preliminary motions were denied by a judge has agreed to a Virginia State Bar reprimand. John L. Taylor III of Richmond was one of eight lawyers who – ...

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Lt. Gov. Fairfax to work for law firm

(AP) Virginia’s lieutenant governor is going to work in the Northern Virginia and Washington offices of a global law firm. Justin Fairfax will be a partner in Morrison & Foerster’s commercial litigation, trials, and investigations and white-collar defense groups while ...

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Nea recognized with pro bono award

G. Andrew Nea Jr., pro bono partner at Williams Mullen in Richmond, has been named the 2018 recipient of the Virginia State Bar’s Lewis F. Powell Jr. Pro Bono Award. Nea created the pro bono committee at Williams Mullen and ...

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Prince William bar honored for pro bono work

The Prince William County Bar Association has won the 2018 Frankie Muse Freeman Organizational Pro Bono Award. The award, named for the famed civil rights leader and first woman appointed to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, is presented annually by the Virginia State Bar ...

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Sharp wins Judicial Council’s Carrico Award (access required)

Warren County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Judge William W. Sharp has received the 2017 Harry L. Carrico Outstanding Career Service Award. The award was presented at the annual meeting of the Judicial Conference of Virginia for District Courts on Aug. ...

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Habeeb and Dicks to open new Richmond law office (access required)

Two former legislators – one a veteran lobbyist – are joining forces to open a new law office in Richmond, a branch of the Roanoke-based Gentry Locke firm. Gentry litigation partner Gregory D. Habeeb will oversee the Richmond office, with John G. “Chip” ...

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