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Virginia voters have their say on Election Day

(AP)  Virginia voters made their picks Tuesday in several competitive congressional races, flipping Virginia’s congressional delegation from a Republican to a Democratic majority. Voters also cast ballots in a special state House election that kept Republicans in control in the ...

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Pomrenke facing bar discipline charges (access required)

Former Bristol judge Kurt J. Pomrenke – having lost his judgeship and served a short time in federal prison for contempt of court – now faces an administrative hurdle if he wants to resume law practice. The Virginia State Bar ...

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Attorneys want to drop rally defendants over nonpayment

CHARLOTTESVILLE (AP) Attorneys representing two men being sued in connection with the August 2017 deadly white nationalist rally in Charlottesville are again attempting to leave the case. Elmer Woodard and James E. Kolenich refiled their request Nov. 5, asking to ...

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Amazon mum on reports it will split new headquarters

NEW YORK (AP) Amazon isn’t commenting on reports that it plans to split its new headquarters between facilities in two cities rather than choosing just one. The New York Times, citing unnamed people familiar with the decision-making process, said the ...

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Justices skeptical of bid to overturn Va. mining ban

WASHINGTON (AP) The U.S. Supreme Court seemed reluctant Monday to agree with companies seeking to overturn a decades-old Virginia ban on mining radioactive uranium. The justices heard arguments in a case brought by the owners of a massive uranium deposit ...

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Lawyer suspended, faces discipline for child porn plea (access required)

A Fairfax lawyer who briefly represented the chief suspect in Washington’s “mansion murders” case has pleaded guilty to distribution of child pornography in Maryland. Sean R. Hanover was suspended by the Virginia State Bar effective Oct. 26 based on his ...

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Court seeks comment on digital documents

The Supreme Court of Virginia is considering a proposed new rule regarding file format requirements for pleadings, motions, notices, briefs and exhibits offered in electronic or digital form. The change proposes that documents must be in PDF format and individual ...

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Supreme Court allows limited scope options

Some Virginia lawyers working without charge to their clients have options for limited scope representation under an amended rule now approved by the Supreme Court of Virginia. The court – on Oct. 31 – ordered amendments to rules of court ...

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Supreme Court approves wellness rule changes

In the wake of the Supreme Court’s adoption of recommendations from a court-appointed wellness committee this fall, the justices now have enacted rule changes to support the effort. On Oct. 31, the Supreme Court approved proposed rule amendments that govern ...

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Prosecutor honored by gang busters (access required)

A Charlottesville-based federal prosecutor has been honored by the Virginia Gang Investigators Association as Federal Prosecutor of the Year. Assistant U.S. Attorney Heather L. Carlton received the award Oct. 18 at the group’s 20th annual gang conference in Virginia Beach. ...

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