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Lawmaker: Laptop of 2019 mass shooter is found (access required)

In the three-plus years since a city engineer killed 12 people at a Virginia Beach municipal building, investigators say they never recovered a personal computer that belonged to him and could possibly shed light on his motives. But a state ...

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U.S. News to change ranking system after law schools’ boycott (access required)

U.S. News & World Report will change how its rankings of law schools are calculated in response to a boycott by a number of top programs. The magazine’s changes in methodology, announced on Jan. 2 in a letter to law ...

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Youngkin seeks probe of delayed awards at elite high school (access required)

Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin called Jan. 3 for an investigation of a prestigious high school, after some parents there said they were never notified of academic commendations awarded to their children. Youngkin asked Attorney General Jason Miyares, a fellow Republican, ...

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Man convicted in police killing could get more prison time (access required)

A man who was sentenced to serve 36 years in prison for the murder of a Virginia State Police special agent could get additional time in prison after being convicted in two prison assaults. Travis Aaron Ball was convicted in ...

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Court asked to enforce $3M deal in police shooting lawsuit (access required)

Several parties to a wrongful death lawsuit over the fatal police shooting of a Black man on the Virginia Beach oceanfront last year have asked a judge to enforce the $3 million settlement agreement announced earlier this month.

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Bar seeks comment on proposed ethics opinion (access required)

The Virginia State Bar is seeking comment on a proposed unauthorized practice of law opinion that further clarifies what activities fall under the unauthorized practice of law. The proposed opinion, Proposed UPL 219, addresses three questions: Whether non-lawyer members of ...

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Supreme Court of Virginia institutes virus protocols (access required)

The Supreme Court of Virginia has instituted building protocols for all people entering the courthouse, effective immediately. The new protocols are aimed at preventing the spread of COVID-19 within the courthouse as the spread of COVID-19 and other viruses has ...

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Court’s behavioral health docket ‘A growing experience’ (access required)

Montgomery County’s Behavioral Health Docket, a special program for a small group of defendants with mental health issues, marked its first graduation recently with cupcakes, congratulatory banners and the dismissal of criminal charges. “You can go out there and be ...

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Mistrial declared in gun case against Capitol riot suspect (access required)

A federal judge in Virginia has declared a mistrial in a firearms-related case against a U.S. Naval reservist who is separately charged with storming the U.S. Capitol. U.S. District Judge Michael S. Nachmanoff declared the mistrial on Dec. 16 after a ...

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Former Virginia first lady ‘Jinks’ Holton dies at 97 (access required)

Virginia “Jinks” Rogers Holton, a former first lady of Virginia, died Dec. 16 at her home, her family said in a statement. She was 97. Holton was the wife of the late Republican Gov. A. Linwood Holton Jr., who served in ...

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