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State Bar pays nearly $80K to former clients (access required)

The Virginia State Bar Clients’ Protection Fund Board authorized reimbursements totaling $79,871.40 on 12 petitions at a recent meeting. The largest approved payment was for $35,837.50 for unearned attorney’s fees in a criminal case. While the board had previously approved ...

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Lawsuits target Virginia school board sex-assault response (access required)

FALLS CHURCH (AP) A pair of lawsuits that for years has plagued Virginia’s largest school system with allegations that it ignored students’ accusations of sex assaults are back in front of federal judges. One of the lawsuits includes allegations of ...

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Judge makes jury’s $10.3M award official in Depp-Heard trial (access required)

ALEXANDRIA (AP) The judge in the Johnny Depp-Amber Heard defamation trial made a jury’s award official June 24 with a written order for Heard to pay Depp $10.35 million for damaging his reputation by describing herself as a domestic abuse victim ...

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Youngkin to seek legislation on abortion (access required)

(AP) Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin said June 24 that he will seek legislation to ban most abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy in comments shortly after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade. The Republican told The Washington Post ...

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Court rejects pipeline’s request for new panel of judges (access required)

ROANOKE (AP) A federal appeals court has denied a request from a company building a natural gas pipeline in Virginia and West Virginia to have a new panel of judges reconsider permits that have been struck down repeatedly. The 4th ...

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Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade

WASHINGTON (AP) The Supreme Court has ended constitutional protections for abortion that had been in place nearly 50 years in a decision by its conservative majority to overturn Roe v. Wade. The June 24 outcome is expected to lead to abortion bans ...

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Feds search Trump-era official’s home, subpoena GOP leaders

WASHINGTON (AP) Federal agents searched a former top Justice Department official’s home and seized records from key Republicans in at least four states linked to Donald Trump’s efforts to overturn the 2020 election, in what were clear signs that authorities ...

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Vega, Kiggans win GOP nod to face Reps. Spanberger, Luria

(AP) Virginia voters picked two women, a state senator and a Hispanic law enforcement official, on June 21 as the Republican nominees for what could be two of the country’s most competitive U.S. House races. Jen Kiggans defeated three challengers ...

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Supreme Court limits reach of federal gun crime law (access required)

(AP) The U.S. Supreme Court on June 21 limited the reach of a federal statute that requires stiff penalties for crimes involving a gun. The 7-2 decision united both conservative and liberal justices, though one dissenting justice compared the result to “Alice ...

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