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Lawyer accepts 2-year suspension for litigation lapses (access required)

A Fairfax lawyer has agreed to a two-year license suspension for undermining his clients’ case in a residential renovation contract dispute. The suspension of John Patrick Bond by the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board follows a public reprimand in 2013 ...

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Court picks redistricting plan that helps Democrats

(AP) A panel of federal judges has chosen a redistricting map for Virginia’s House of Delegates that could shift some districts toward Democrats and help the party gain control in this year’s election. The judges ordered a new map in ...

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Disbarred lawyer seeks reinstatement (access required)

A Richmond educator who surrendered her law license 15 years ago in the face of financial lapses in her real estate practice is asking to practice again. The Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board will hear the reinstatement petition of Ann ...

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Hingeley to run for Albemarle commonwealth’s attorney (access required)

Former public defender Jim Hingeley says he is running for Albemarle County commonwealth’s attorney. Hingeley will challenge Republican incumbent Robert Tracci, who was elected in 2015, according to WCAV. Hingeley started the Albemarle-Charlottesville Public Defender Office and served as the ...

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Lawyers: Immigrant kids’ detention is prolonged, unexplained

ALEXANDRIA (AP) Immigrant advocates say they are suing the U.S. government for allegedly detaining immigrant children too long and improperly refusing to release them to relatives. Lawyers said Jan. 22 they have expanded a lawsuit filed last year in federal ...

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Newly elected prosecutor to face quick challenge (access required)

Chesterfield County’s groundbreaking election of Democrat Scott Miles as commonwealth’s attorney last fall has sparked a Republican effort to unseat Miles in this fall’s general election. Henrico County assistant prosecutor Stacey T. Davenport has announced she is running for the ...

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Settlement reached in Virginia jail death lawsuit

NORFOLK (AP) A Virginia jail, the state and the jail’s former medical provider have agreed to a $3 million settlement of a federal lawsuit filed by the family of an inmate with mental health problems who died in the jail. ...

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Investor tries to curb Dominion’s influence

CHARLOTTESVILLE (AP) Rich people using their wealth to try to influence politics is nothing new, but not many launch multimillion-dollar crusades against their local electric company. That’s just what Charlottesville investor and Democratic donor Michael Bills is doing in Virginia, ...

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Judge Robert Hagans dies

VIRGINIA BEACH (AP) A Virginia Beach judge and former school board chairman has died less than two weeks after being involved in a car accident. Norfolk police announced that Virginia Beach District Judge Robert Hagans Jr. died Jan. 17 from ...

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Attorney says tree-sitters are exempt from eminent domain

ROANOKE (AP) An attorney says Mountain Valley Pipeline can’t invoke eminent domain to remove two tree-sitters protesting on land where they have no legal ownership interest. The argument was presented Jan. 16 in a court filing by attorney John Fishwick ...

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