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Legal aid honors 10 for pro bono work (access required)

Ten lawyers were recognized recently for their pro bono work on behalf of Blue Ridge Legal Services, the Shenandoah Valley’s non-profit legal aid society. Each donated 20 hours or more in pro bono work for legal aid clients. Those honored ...

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Police reports: Driver shot by Park Police was unarmed

ALEXANDRIA (AP) Police reports show a Northern Virginia man was unarmed when he was shot and killed by U.S. Park Police after a brief car chase last year. Twenty-five-year-old Bijan Ghaisar of McLean died after a Nov. 17 chase on ...

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Appeals judges: Gag order in hog cases went too far

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) A federal appeals court panel says a trial judge went too far with a gag order that forbid lawyers or virtually anyone with knowledge of conditions at North Carolina hog operations from sharing information with reporters or ...

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Hirschler is now a one-name brand (access required)

The Richmond-based firm of Hirschler Fleischer says you can call it by its first name. The firm, with 74 lawyers, announced its rebrand as simply “Hirschler” on Oct. 29. The reveal of the one-word trade name was accompanied by roll-out ...

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Lawsuit seeks $350k for injuries in game of tag

CHESAPEAKE (AP) Chesapeake school officials have been sued over a game of tag played in gym class by a student who says it caused him serious long-term injuries. Javonte Smith and his father sued in Chesapeake Circuit Court seeking $350,000 ...

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Virginia Lottery changes focus on potential retailer fraud

(AP) The Virginia Lottery says it’s taking action to identify or stop potential fraud among ticket retailers. Policy changes announced Oct. 24 by lottery Director Kevin Hall followed a recent report by The Virginian-Pilot that found more than 90 people ...

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Richmond-area gun thefts soar

(AP) Gun thefts in Virginia’s capital city and surrounding counties have soared recently — a trend a top law enforcement officer says ultimately results in more crimes and violence. Local police received almost 5,900 firearm theft reports from 2010 to ...

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Mahoney receives distinguished service award

The Local Government Attorneys of Virginia, Inc. (LGA), awarded its highest honor, the Edward J. Finnegan Award for Distinguished Service, to Paul M. Mahoney, former County Attorney for the County of Roanoke, at its recently concluded annual fall conference in ...

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Lawyer takes plea in real estate purchase scheme (access required)

A Virginia Beach lawyer has pleaded guilty following a government fraud investigation that appeared to target a real estate broker. Federal officials say they hired the real estate broker to sell government-owned properties across Hampton Roads for the highest price he ...

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Thumbprint on toilet leads to life term in Norfolk slaying

NORFOLK (AP) A thumbprint left on a toilet seat at a murder scene finally led to a life sentence in a decades-old murder case. Daniel Johnston was convicted by a jury Oct. 25 of first-degree murder in the 1981 slaying of ...

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