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House rejects new term for Montgomery County judge (access required)

A circuit judge who sought to explain his low scores on performance surveys in December failed to overcome the misgivings of delegates at the General Assembly. While the state Senate on Jan. 27 approved a second term on the circuit ...

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Woman sues animal shelter over dog bite

PORTSMOUTH (AP) A Virginia woman has sued a humane society that she says didn’t properly restrain a caged dog that bit her finger. Marie A. Franco-Wisnewski, 55, of Portsmouth, is seeking $240,000 in damages, plus costs and interests, from the ...

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16 apply for Court of Appeals seat (access required)

A crowded field is competing for the open seat on the Court of Appeals of Virginia. The Virginia State Bar reported 16 candidates submitted paperwork to be considered as the VSB and other bar organizations conduct interviews Feb. 19. The ...

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Ex-lawyer sentenced for fraud on senator, others (access required)

A former Northern Virginia corporate attorney has been sentenced to more than seven years in federal prison for conspiring to defraud state Sen. Richard Saslaw’s campaign war chest as well as a Canadian business and a charity. David H. Miller, ...

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Widow sues over trucker’s death in Chesapeake Bay plunge

NORFOLK (AP) The widow of a North Carolina truck driver who died when his rig plunged off Virginia’s Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel in 2017 is suing for $6 million. The lawsuit filed by Billie Jo Chen against the CBBT says the ...

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Lawyer surrenders license after fiduciary losses (access required)

A Norfolk lawyer who was found liable for more than $2.5 million for mishandling of a fiduciary account has given up his law license. Philip R. Farthing acknowledged a judge’s 2017 findings that he breached his fiduciary duties in managing ...

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Russian pleads guilty to large-scale card fraud

ALEXANDRIA (AP) A Russian national pleaded guilty Jan. 23 to running a website that helped people commit more than $20 million in credit-card fraud. Aleksei Burkov, 29, of St. Petersburg, Russia, entered the plea to charges including fraud and money ...

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David Duke agrees to pay $5K to man hurt at rally

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) Former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke has agreed to pay an Ohio man $5,000 after the man alleged he was severely injured during a white supremacist and neo-Nazi rally two years ago in Virginia attended by ...

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Woman charged in man’s death in storage unit fire

GLADE SPRING (AP) Authorities say a woman allowed her estranged boyfriend to live in her storage unit where he burned to death after she locked it, preventing his escape from a blaze that started inside. Kelly Lynn Goff, 46, was ...

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Senate passes ‘red flag’ gun law over fierce opposition

(AP) The state Senate approved legislation Jan. 22 that would allow authorities to take guns away from people deemed dangerous to themselves or others, as the state moves closer to joining a growing number of states enacting so-called “red flag” ...

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