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Ex-park worker acquitted in Fairfax wedding death

CHANTILLY (AP) A former Fairfax County park employee who was accused of fatally stabbing a caterer during a dispute at a wedding has been found not guilty. A jury returned the verdict for 20-year-old Kempton A. Bonds on Wednesday, The ...

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State seeks full court review in child death case (access required)

State lawyers have asked the full Virginia Court of Appeals to review the case of a Pulaski County mother who was convicted of felony child neglect in the death of her five-year-old son. Noah Thomas died in 2015 after falling ...

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Windmueller honored by crim law attorneys

Leaders of the state’s criminal bar honored the memory of one of their own last month at the annual meeting of the Virginia Criminal Justice Conference. The organization’s two day conference in Staunton was dedicated to the memory of Richmond’s ...

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Lawyer plans appeal of license plate rejection

(AP) — A Virginia attorney has lost his appeal to keep a personalized license plate that appears to contain an obscene message about President Donald Trump. The license plate on Donald Butler’s Lexus SUV reads: “FTRU MPK.” Butler, from Richmond, ...

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Police shooting case settles for $90K

NORFOLK (AP) The family of a mentally ill man who was shot by a Norfolk police officer has settled a wrongful death lawsuit. The Virginian-Pilot reported Monday that the settlement is for $90,000. The family originally sought $2.5 million. Norfolk police ...

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Client protection assessments reduced (access required)

Lawyers will have to pay only $10 instead of $25 to support the Virginia State Bar Clients’ Protection Fund beginning next year. The Supreme Court of Virginia approved the reduction in a Sept. 28 order. The change comes as the ...

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Man takes his life at office of ex-wife’s lawyer (access required)

A man reportedly troubled by his child support obligations took his own life at the Falls Church office of his ex-wife’s lawyer Sept. 27, according to police and media reports. Fairfax County police said the man died of an apparent ...

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U.S. Supreme Court takes search case from Virginia

(AP) The U.S. Supreme Court agreed Sept. 28 to take two cases involving allegedly improper searches by police, one of a rental car and another to get the license plate number on a stolen a motorcycle. One case the court ...

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1 dead of self-inflicted gunshot wound in law office

FALLS CHURCH (AP) Police in northern Virginia say a man is dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound after reports of a shooting led to the evacuation of an office building. No one else was hurt. Fairfax County Police Chief ...

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Assault charge dropped against judge

STAFFORD (AP) A prosecutor has dropped a misdemeanor charge against a Virginia judge who was accused of assaulting a Walmart employee. Fauquier County Chief Circuit Judge Jeffrey Parker was charged Sept. 5 after he had an altercation with a store ...

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