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Consumer lawyers target internet lenders (access required)

A coalition of Virginia consumer lawyers is going after internet lenders they claim violate credit laws. The Virginia Poverty Law Center, working with the law firms of Kelly & Crandall and Consumer Litigation Associates, has filed six lawsuits against internet lenders in the past ...

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4th Circuit’s Judge Davis to receive ABA award (access required)

Retiring Judge Andre M. Davis of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is the recipient of the 2017 John Marshall Award, presented by the American Bar Association Judicial Division and the Standing Committee on the American Judicial System. A ...

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Virginia executes Morva for killing 2 men during escape

JARRATT (AP) A Virginia man who killed a hospital security guard and a sheriff’s deputy after escaping from custody in 2006 was executed after an unsuccessful campaign to spare the inmate’s life over concerns about his mental health. William Morva, ...

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Virginia governor declines to spare man awaiting execution

(AP) Virginia’s Democratic governor said Thursday that he won’t the spare the life of an inmate whose lawyers say he was under the influence of delusions when he killed two men during an escape in 2006. Gov. Terry McAuliffe said ...

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More legal clinics planned for veterans

A series of legal clinics for veterans continues in Virginia, some associated with government agencies and at least one sponsored by a law firm. Attorney General Mark R. Herring has held a number of such clinics in conjunction with the Virginia State ...

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Virginia set to execute man under more secretive protocol

(AP) When Virginia carries out its next execution, more of the process will be shrouded in secrecy. Virginia is scheduled to give a lethal injection to 35-year-old William Morva on Thursday for the 2006 killings of a hospital security guard ...

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Legal aid office facing shortfall

A tight budget became even tighter this year for a Roanoke legal aid office. The Roanoke office of Blue Ridge Legal Services has been told that funding from the local United Way will be cut by about $29,000. The cut ...

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VSB rejects lawyer discipline despite Indiana suspension (access required)

Even though the Indiana Supreme Court suspended a Virginia-licensed lawyer for six months for “frivolous” pleadings, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board declined to impose an equivalent penalty. The Virginia panel said the lawyer showed by clear and convincing evidence ...

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Case raises questions of fairness in executing mentally ill

(AP) William Morva showed signs of mental illness long before he killed two men during an escape from custody in 2006, friends and family say. In the years leading up to the killings, Morva began sleeping in the woods, showed ...

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Charity website sued over hate group labels

NEWPORT NEWS (AP) A Florida-based legal advocacy organization is suing over a “hate group” label that it and other nonprofits received on a website that maintains a database of information about U.S. charities. Liberty Counsel Inc. filed a federal lawsuit ...

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