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Report: Virginia lawyer joins Manafort legal team (access required)

A Virginia lawyer with a Washington practice may have joined the team of attorneys advising former Donald Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort. Politico reports Jay Nanavati, a former federal tax prosecutor, appears to be working with two Manafort defense attorneys. ...

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Prosecutor fired, charged with assault

NORFOLK (AP) A veteran Virginia prosecutor has been fired after he was accused of hitting a co-working and pulling a gun on her. John Haugh of Hampton was charged with assault and battery, a misdemeanor, in Chesapeake General District Court, ...

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Ex-Virginia Tech student takes plea in girl’s killing

CHRISTIANSBURG (AP) After listening to days of damaging testimony from prosecution witnesses, a former Virginia Tech student pleaded no contest Friday to killing a 13-year-old girl he met through social media. David Eisenhauer, 20, entered his plea to all three ...

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Ban on doctor noncompetes fails at Assembly (access required)

Despite a favorable change of heart by a key player, a proposal that would have banned noncompete agreements for physicians failed to clear a Senate committee by a one-vote margin last week. Sen. Bill Stanley, R-Moneta, urged the measure, saying ...

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No-contest plea in Blacksburg murder

CHRISTIANSBURG (AP) A former Virginia Tech student has pleaded no contest in the 2016 killing of a 13-year-old Blacksburg girl, news outlets reported Friday morning. David Eisenahuser’s trial was entering its fifth day when the news of a plea change ...

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Doucette is VACA executive director (access required)

The Virginia Association of Commonwealth’s Attorneys has its first full-time executive director, but he’s a familiar face representing prosecutors at the General Assembly. Michael R. Doucette – former Lynchburg commonwealth’s attorney – assumed the duties of VACA executive director last ...

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Politicians announce compromise on felony threshold

(AP) Virginia is set to soften the penalties for people caught stealing smaller-dollar items under a compromise announced by Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam and Republican lawmakers. The governor and Republican leaders outlined the deal Feb. 8. It would raise the ...

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Even center stage, Boente avoids spotlight

WASHINGTON (AP) When President Donald Trump fired the acting attorney general last year for refusing to defend his controversial travel ban, Dana Boente stepped into the job. When Trump abruptly ousted dozens of Obama-era federal prosecutors, Boente was tasked with ...

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Proposal: Bankruptcy discipline effective in district court as well

Judges of the Eastern District of Virginia propose new language in their rules making it clear that a disciplinary penalty in bankruptcy court will presumptively be applied in district court as well. The proposed changes in the district court’s local ...

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State likely to expand medical marijuana

(AP) Virginia inched closer to greatly expanding medical marijuana use this week after legislation passed the Senate with unanimous support – three days after its companion bill was likewise approved by the House of Delegates. SB 726, which passed 38-0 ...

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