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Cullen names officials at U.S. attorney office (access required)

New Western District U.S. Attorney Thomas T. Cullen has announced changes to his office management team, effective April 6. Rick A. Mountcastle will again serve as the First Assistant U.S. Attorney, according to a news release from Cullen’s office. Mountcastle ...

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Federal judge: Political parties can ban disloyal members (access required)

A federal judge in Harrisonburg has ruled that political parties have the right to prevent members who break their rules from participating in party-run nomination processes. The decision came March 31, in response to a motion to dismiss a lawsuit ...

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Legal aid study finds: No lawyer, no win

(AP) A study by a legal aid group found that Virginia residents forced to defend themselves in civil lawsuits are at a huge disadvantage. John Whitfield, executive director of Blue Ridge Legal Services, presented the findings April 4 to the ...

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Topless woman arrested near Aug. 12 rally sues city

CHARLOTTESVILLE (AP) A woman who was arrested for exposing her breasts during August’s deadly white nationalist rally in Charlottesville has filed a federal lawsuit. Morgan Hopkins filed the suit against Charlottesville police and the arresting officers April 5, even though ...

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Governor signs bill giving nurse practitioners more autonomy

(AP) Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam has signed a bill allowing most nurse practitioners to gain the autonomy to practice without a physician’s oversight. Northam’s spokesman said April 5 the governor had signed the measure sponsored by Republican Del. Roxann Robinson. A statement from the ...

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Governor signs bill raising felony theft threshold

(AP) Gov. Ralph Northam has signed legislation that will soften the penalties for people caught stealing smaller-dollar items. The Democratic governor announced April 4 that he’d approved a bill that raises the state’s felony theft threshold from $200 to $500. ...

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Prosecutor seeks to retry rally organizer’s case

CHARLOTTESVILLE (AP) A Virginia prosecutor is asking a circuit judge to reopen a perjury case against the chief organizer of a deadly white nationalist rally. In a motion filed April 2, Albemarle County Commonwealth’s Attorney Robert Tracci asked the court ...

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Voyeur lawyer agrees to 9-month suspension (access required)

A lawyer licensed in both Virginia and South Carolina has given up licenses in both states for nine months after being convicted of taking a photograph up a woman’s skirt. Attorney Jacob L. Parrott pleaded guilty to “assault and battery ...

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