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Ex-prosecutor accepts 1-year suspension for plea deal statements (access required)

A former prosecutor who tried to sell a plea deal by misstating a judge’s position has agreed to a suspension of one year and a day. The disciplinary action arises from charges that a Richmond man left a friend to ...

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Courts prepare for Election Day contingencies (access required)

Making Election Day a state holiday means courts were called to make special plans in case of an election-related legal dispute. Virginia Supreme Court Chief Justice Donald W. Lemons urged chief circuit judges around the state to consult with sheriffs ...

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Civil case delayed in fatal Park Police shooting of motorist

ALEXANDRIA (AP) A civil suit filed by the family of a Northern Virginia man who was fatally shot by two U.S. Park Police officers during a stop-and-go chase three years ago has been put on hold, despite the family’s objections ...

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Falwell sues Liberty, saying school damaged his reputation

(AP) Jerry Falwell Jr. has sued Liberty University, alleging the evangelical school founded by his late pastor father damaged his reputation in a series of public statements that followed his resignation as president and chancellor in August amid a series of scandals. ...

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Leigh receives Traver Scholar award from VSB Real Property Section

Leesburg lawyer Benjamin D. Leigh was the 2020 recipient of the Traver Scholar award from the the Real Property Section of the Virginia State Bar and Virginia Continuing Legal Education. The award, named for real estate lawyer Courtland L. Traver, ...

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ODBA taps executive board for the coming two years

The Old Dominion Bar Association recently elected its executive board for 2020-22. Norfolk lawyer Bruce Sams will be president, and Doris Causey of Richmond, who previously served as president of the Virginia State Bar, will be president-elect. Woodbridge attorney Kiah ...

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$127M suit filed against doctors, Cumberland Hospital for alleged abuse (access required)

Cumberland Children’s Hospital in New Kent County faces a $127 million lawsuit after 20 former patients and their families came forward alleging years of sexual and physical abuse. The nine-count lawsuit was filed in Richmond Circuit Court on Oct. 20. ...

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New chief public defenders named in Bedford, Chesapeake

The Virginia Indigent Defense Commission has named new chief public defenders in Bedford and Chesapeake. Michael Lonchar, who had been Bedford’s deputy public defender, was named chief in August. He has been with the Bedford office since 2005. In addition ...

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Prosecutor rules out charges against officers in shooting

VIRGINIA BEACH (AP)  The top prosecutor in Virginia Beach has ruled out criminal charges against four police officers involved in the fatal shooting of a suspect in two killings. In a report released Oct. 23, Commonwealth’s Attorney Colin Stolle concluded ...

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W&M dodges lawsuit, to reinstate women’s sports targeted in cuts

WILLIAMSBURG (AP) The College of William & Mary plans to reinstate three women’s athletic programs that had been targeted for abolishment, a decision that helps the school avoid a lawsuit and move closer to gender equity under Title IX. The ...

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