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Documents show ties between GMU, conservative donors

FAIRFAX (AP) Virginia’s largest public university granted the conservative Charles Koch Foundation a say in the hiring and firing of professors in exchange for millions of dollars in donations, according to newly released documents. The release of donor agreements between ...

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Man sues police, lifeguard who saved him from near drowning

FAIRFAX (AP) A man who reportedly suffered a bipolar episode and tried to drown himself in a pool is suing the police officers and lifeguard who pulled him out of the water. The lawsuit filed April 27 by 23-year-old Mateusz ...

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Lawyer surrenders license over client money (access required)

A Fairfax County lawyer has surrendered his Virginia law license, admitting that he failed to give any portion of an $8,000 civil settlement to his client. Karl G. Blanke also agreed in an affidavit that he failed to follow up ...

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Lawyer charged with delivering drugs, phone to inmate (access required)

A Richmond lawyer – celebrated five years ago for her charity work as a law student – has been charged with delivering drugs and a cellphone to a prisoner, according to online court records. Dana L. Tapper was arrested April ...

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Medical malpractice veteran Leitch switches sides (access required)

Roanoke attorney Powell M. “Nick” Leitch III has left the defense side to become a patient advocate in the medical malpractice arena. Leitch left LeClairRyan’s Roanoke office April 6. He started as a partner with Gentry Locke on April 23. ...

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Virginia authorities charge woman with possession of ricin

NORFOLK (AP) Federal authorities in Virginia have charged a South Carolina woman with possession of the deadly poison ricin and having a gun with an obliterated serial number. Sixty-two-year-old Debra Siers-Hill of Ladson, South Carolina, made an initial court appearance ...

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Federal appeals Judge Robert Chapman dead at 91

(AP) Federal appeals court Senior Judge Robert F. Chapman died April 18 in Spartanburg, South Carolina. He was 91. Fellow Judge J. Harvie Wilkinson III of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said Chapman played no favorites and his ...

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Bauer to step down from Legal Aid Justice Center (access required)

Lawyer Mary Bauer has announced plans to step down as executive director of the Charlottesville-based Legal Aid Justice Center in mid-summer. Bauer said she was leaving “for personal reasons.” The LAJC said it would immediately launch a national search for ...

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UVA library changes access policy after Kessler visits

CHARLOTTESVILLE (AP) The law library at the University of Virginia has changed its access policy after two appearances from the main organizer of last summer’s white nationalist rally and the arrest of a protester. Law students, faculty and staff now ...

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Court: Lawsuit can move ahead in license plate reader case

(AP)  In a victory for privacy advocates, the Supreme Court of Virginia ruled Thursday that a lawsuit challenging a police department’s practice of keeping data from automated license plate readers for a year can move forward. Last year, a judge ...

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