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Inmates sue jail after ex-guard convicted of sex assault

NEWPORT NEWS (AP) Three former Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail inmates are suing the jail, its former administrator and a former guard convicted of sexually assaulting two of the inmates. The lawsuits were filed between December and April 16, the Daily ...

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Soros money boosts challengers in NoVa prosecutor campaigns

A political action committee funded by Democratic donor George Soros has made large contributions to two candidates attempting to unseat Democratic prosecutors in Northern Virginia primary races. The support for Arlington County commonwealth’s attorney candidate Parisa Tafti and Fairfax County ...

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Richmond attorney elected to American Bankruptcy Institute board (access required)

Richmond attorney Jennifer McLemore has been elected to serve on the board of directors of the American Bankruptcy Institute. McLemore’s term on the board will last three years, serving alongside 59 other board members. She previously served as co-chair of ...

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McClanahan to lead Appalachian School of Law (access required)

Virginia Supreme Court Justice Elizabeth A. McClanahan will take the reins as dean of the Appalachian School of Law when she retires from the bench in September. The school’s plan to hire McClanahan was announced by ASL board chair Jerry ...

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Ex-NFL player seeks new judge for fraud retrial

(AP) A former University of Virginia and pro football player convicted of scamming people out of $10 million is seeking a new judge for the retrial of the case. Merrill Robertson Jr., 39, says U.S. District Judge John A. Gibney Jr. is ...

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4th Circuit rejects Chelsea Manning’s effort to leave jail

FALLS CHURCH (AP) A federal appeals court on April 22 rejected a bid by former Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning to be released from jail for refusing to testify to a grand jury investigating Wikileaks. The three-paragraph, unanimous decision from ...

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Delegate pleads guilty to DUI

PORTSMOUTH (AP) A state lawmaker has pleaded guilty to driving while intoxicated. Del. Matthew James made a plea agreement April 21 that allows him to avoid jail time if he stays out of trouble for the next year, The Virginian-Pilot reported. ...

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McAuliffe won’t run for president in 2020

(AP) Former Gov. Terry McAuliffe won’t run for president in 2020, meaning establishment, centrist Democrats will have one less option in a nominating free-for-all that so far has highlighted the party’s leftward shift. McAuliffe said April 17 that instead of joining a ...

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Online pro bono portal goes statewide

An online service that matches pro bono lawyers with needy clients is now statewide in Virginia, according to legal aid officials. The JusticeServer Pro Bono Portal offers cases from eight legal aid programs across the state, a news release said. ...

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February bar pass rate hits 14-year high (access required)

The pass rate for the February Virginia Bar Exam is the highest since 2005, according to statistics from the Virginia Board of Bar Examiners. Of the 273 applicants who sat for the exam Feb. 26-27 in Norfolk, 171 passed, according ...

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