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Boente resigning as U.S. attorney

ALEXANDRIA (AP) Dana Boente, the U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, announced his resignation Friday, but said he plans to stay on until a successor is in place. Boente, a career prosecutor who has also served as acting ...

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Court asked to decide whether to limit electronics searches

(AP) A federal appeals court is being asked to decide whether to place limits on the government’s ability to search electronic devices at airports. The American Civil Liberties Union argues that searches should not be conducted without a warrant or ...

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Lumber Liquidators plans $36M settlement in flooring cases

TOANO (AP) Lumber Liquidators has agreed to a $36 million settlement to resolve claims brought on behalf of people who bought Chinese-manufactured laminate flooring reported to contain unsafe levels of formaldehyde. The Virginia-based company said Tuesday that it has signed ...

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Virginia Supreme Court to hear appeal in redistricting case

(AP) Virginia’s Supreme Court has agreed to hear an appeal by a redistricting advocacy group challenging a judge’s decision upholding 11 state House and Senate districts. The court on Tuesday granted a petition filed by the advocacy group OneVirginia2021, which ...

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VSB again takes aim at Avvo (access required)

The Virginia State Bar’s Standing Committee on Legal Ethics has revived its effort to discourage Virginia lawyers from participating in Avvo Legal Services. Avvo advertises limited-scope legal services from Virginia attorneys for fixed legal fees to be paid in advance. ...

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Government strikes out with RICO gang charges (access required)

A federal racketeering case against four alleged members of the Mad Stone Bloods prison gang fell short in a month-long jury trial. Jurors failed to agree on RICO charges against three of the defendants. The fourth defendant was acquitted of ...

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Reversal stands in death of boy in septic tank

PULASKI (AP) The Virginia Court of Appeals has declined to revisit its reversal of a woman’s felony child abuse conviction in the death of her 5-year-old son, who was found dead in a septic tank. A three-judge panel last month ...

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Lawyer gets reprimand amid backlog of deeds (access required)

A Virginia Beach trusts and estates lawyer has been publicly reprimanded for allowing a poorly supervised staffer to accumulate a two-year stack of 94 unrecorded deeds at his office. The delays in getting the deeds properly recorded affected 46 clients ...

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Detective’s Facebook comment becomes issue at court hearing

VIRGINIA BEACH (AP) A lawyer for a murder suspect in Virginia says the case should be dismissed partly because of a detective’s “racist” statement on Facebook. The Virginian-Pilot reported Friday that the comment was unrelated to the case. Virginia Beach detective ...

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Defense contractor guilty of fraud for defective armored vehicles (access required)

After a two week trial, a Danville federal jury this month convicted a former defense contractor of knowingly selling the military armored vehicles that lacked the required armor. William R. Whyte, 72, of Canada is scheduled to be sentenced Feb. ...

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