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Oft-penalized lawyer surrenders license (access required)

An Eastern Shore lawyer suspended for two years in October has agreed to disbarment in the face of a new bar complaint, marking his ninth ethics violation in about a dozen years. Paul G. Watson IV of Eastville acknowledged he ...

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Lawyer convicted of raiding fiduciary account surrenders license (access required)

An AV-rated Northern Virginia lawyer has agreed to disbarment after having been convicted of embezzling money belonging to a disabled widow. Attorney Clifford J. Shoemaker held a power-of-attorney for an 86-year-old woman suffering from long-standing dementia, according to Shoemaker’s affidavit ...

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Back-dated filing leads to lawyer’s 60-day suspension (access required)

An Alexandria lawyer who admitted back-dating an overdue immigration filing has been suspended from practice for 60 days. Alfred L. Robertson Jr. missed a deadline for filing an asylum petition for his client and then back-dated a petition and cover ...

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Man cuts communications links at law firm

Police are trying to find a man they believe has repeatedly cut the phone and internet cables for a downtown Richmond law firm. The Richmond Police Department posted a surveillance photo to ask for public help in identifying the man ...

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Judge won’t dismiss lawsuit against deputy over ticket

(AP) A deputy sheriff in Virginia is facing trial on a claim she violated the First Amendment rights of a woman by offering to buy another deputy lunch if he issued the woman a traffic ticket in retaliation for critical ...

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Five sue driver of trash truck struck by GOP train in 2018

CHARLOTTESVILLE (AP) Two years after a train carrying Republican members of Congress collided with a garbage truck, five passengers have filed lawsuits against the driver, trash company and train conductor. Dana Naylor Jr., 32, was acquitted of involuntary manslaughter after ...

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Jail accused of failing to assist with death probe

PORTSMOUTH (AP) A Tidewater jail that came under state scrutiny after the 2015 death of a mentally ill man is now being accused of failing to cooperate with an investigation into three other inmate deaths. The state Board of Corrections ...

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Lawmaker’s privilege delaying case against ex-NASCAR driver

(AP) For a year and a half, a Virginia mother of seven young girls has been frustrated by repeated delays in the domestic violence case against her estranged husband because his defense lawyer exercised a privilege that most other attorneys ...

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Democrats advance assault weapon ban

(AP) Democratic lawmakers in Richmond are advancing legislation to ban the sale of assault weapons and the possession of high-capacity magazines despite fierce opposition from gun owners. A state House committee on Feb. 7 advanced legislation backed by Gov. Ralph ...

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VBA endorses 6 for Court of Appeals (access required)

The Virginia Bar Association is recommending six of the 16 candidates seeking a seat on the Court of Appeals of Virginia. The VBA listed its choices in alphabetical order in a Feb. 7 letter to Senate Judiciary chair John S. ...

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