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Appeals court reinstates conviction of Flynn business partner

FALLS CHURCH (AP) A federal appeals court has reinstated the conviction of a one-time business partner of former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn for acting as an unregistered agent of the Turkish government. A jury in Alexandria convicted Bijan Kian ...

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Governor restores voting rights to 69K ex-felons

(AP) Gov. Ralph Northam has announced that he has restored voting rights to more than 69,000 former felons who have completed their prison sentences but are still on probation. Northam’s March 16 move mirrors a proposed constitutional amendment recently approved ...

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Legislators call for more Court of Appeals applications

Leaders of the General Assembly courts committees are calling for a new round of bar evaluations of candidates for Court of Appeals judgeships with an eye toward racial, regional and practice diversity. The Democratic committee heads recommend an April 15 ...

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Ex-president of escrow company pleads guilty to fraud

NORFOLK (AP) The former president of a Virginia escrow and title company has pleaded guilty to misappropriating $715,000 in closing funds connected to transactions for which she was the settlement agent. Tammy Hamrin, 57, pleaded guilty to wire fraud March ...

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White supremacists’ fake bomb threats net 3 years in prison

FALLS CHURCH (AP) A former Old Dominion University student who joined up with white supremacists in a swatting conspiracy that targeted a Black church, his own university and a Cabinet officer, among others, has been sentenced to nearly three years ...

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Lawyer accepts 2-year suspension for relationships with clients (access required)

A lawyer who was turned in to the Virginia State Bar by the Virginia Beach commonwealth’s attorney has admitted he tried to cultivate a three-way romantic relationship with two clients, including one in jail. Scott A. Lehman also used his ...

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Appeals court takes up Fairfax’s defamation case against CBS

FALLS CHURCH (AP) Appellate judges reviewing a defamation lawsuit filed by Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax expressed concern that journalists gave an overly credulous reaction to two women who accused him of sexual assault but were skeptical that he could meet ...

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State sorting through fine print on new stimulus bill

(AP) State officials are reading the fine print of the $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill and plan to meet next week with legislative leaders to start talks about how the state’s portion of the aid would be best spent, Virginia Gov. Ralph ...

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Venue sues over crowd limit for outdoor weddings

ROANOKE (AP) A business in western Virginia that holds outdoor weddings has filed a lawsuit over Gov. Ralph Northam’s COVID-19-related restrictions. The suit was filed by Belle Garden Estate in Franklin County, The Roanoke Times reported. The venue claims that it ...

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VSB pauses judicial evaluations for Western District seat (access required)

The Virginia State Bar is realigning its schedule for evaluating candidates for judicial vacancies. A scheduled March 24 meeting to evaluate candidates for a coming vacancy on the Western District U.S. District Court has been postponed, the VSB announced March ...

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