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4th Circuit finds parts of anti-riot law violate free speech

(AP) A federal appeals court has upheld the convictions of two members of a white supremacist group who admitted they punched and kicked counter-demonstrators during the 2017 “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, but found that part of an anti-riot ...

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Judge OKs Virginia AG’s agreement to promote absentee voting

(AP) A Virginia federal court has approved a negotiated consent decree that promotes safe absentee voting in November’s general election, state Attorney General Mark Herring announced Aug. 21. Under the consent decree, Virginia will accept absentee ballots without the signature ...

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Local government attorneys group taps new officers, directors

The Local Government Attorneys of Virginia Inc. has elected new officers and members of the board of directors. They will take office Sept. 1. The new officers, serving a one-year term, are: President, Lola Rodriguez Perkins, City of Hampton Vice ...

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VLW takes three awards in NNA editorial contest

Virginia Lawyers Weekly won three national writing awards when the National Newspaper Association announced the results of its 2020 Better Newspaper Editorial Contest this week. Paul Fletcher, VLW’s publisher and editor-in-chief, took second place for “Best Humorous Column” with his ...

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Prosecutor pushes to maintain discretion on dropping charges

FALLS CHURCH (AP) A Northern Virginia prosecutor who says her county’s judges are infringing on her discretion to dismiss charges and enter plea bargains is asking the state Supreme Court to intervene on her behalf. Arlington County Commonwealth’s Attorney Parisa ...

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Proposal: Bias training would count for MCLE (access required)

Eight Virginia bar groups are supporting a proposal to add training on elimination of bias in the legal profession to the list of topics approved for ethics credits in continuing legal education. “We, as a country, are coming to grips ...

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Lawyers who admitted extortion attempt accept disbarment (access required)

Two Virginia lawyers who admitted trying to extort a potential mass tort defendant for $200 million at the expense of their cancer-victim clients have agreed to disbarment. One of the lawyers acknowledged a “long-time substance use disorder which had affected ...

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Healthcare systems in Virginia, North Carolina plan to merge

NORFOLK (AP) Virginia-based Sentara Healthcare and North Carolina-based Cone Health have announced plans to merge, a move that would pair systems with a combined worth of $11.5 billion. After about 18 months of talks, the Norfolk-based company took the first ...

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Advocacy groups seek early release for at-risk inmates (access required)

A coalition of legal groups has launched a project to seek early release of Virginia inmates at risk of illness from COVID-19. Despite legislation and a settlement agreement to help the incarcerated population at risk from the pandemic, lawyers saw ...

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