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Young Lawyers Conference scores win in Chicago

The Virginia State Bar Young Lawyers Conference took a top award at this year’s Awards of Achievement program recognizing the work of young lawyer groups from across the country. The YLC won the State Division, Class A first place award ...

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Environmental groups ask court to review pipeline approval

(AP) A coalition of environmental groups has asked a federal appeals court to review the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s approval of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. The Southern Environmental Law Center and Appalachian Mountain Advocates petitioned the 4th U.S. Circuit Court ...

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Senate confirms 2 for 4th Circuit bench

WASHINGTON (AP) The U.S. Senate has confirmed two more of President Donald Trump’s judicial nominees, bringing to 26 the number of new appellate judges that have been approved this session of Congress. The judges confirmed Aug. 16 — South Carolina U.S. ...

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Lawsuit: Trooper slammed man onto ground

NEWPORT NEWS (AP) A federal lawsuit accuses a Virginia State Police trooper of shattering a man’s jaw and trying to cover it up. Veron E. Greenaway, 28, is suing Trooper Kristian Hughes over his 2017 arrest in Hampton, the Daily ...

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Judge: Teen charged with killing couple still incompetent

FAIRFAX (AP) A judge has ruled the Virginia teenager accused of killing the parents of a girl he had been dating remains incompetent to stand trial. Judge Thomas P. Sotelo heard testimony from two clinical psychologists and three Fairfax County ...

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Judges approve ‘lenient’ suspension for attorney (access required)

Judges who first rejected a mere reprimand for a lawyer who undermined subrogation rights in settlement of a UIM claim have approved a 60-day suspension in a second Virginia State Bar discipline hearing. In addition to the 60-day suspension, Fairfax ...

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Ex-youth pastor gets 58 years in triple slaying

CHESTER (AP) A former Chester youth pastor was sentenced to 58 years in prison for killing his wife, stepdaughter and the stepdaughter’s boyfriend last Thanksgiving. Christopher R. Gattis, 59, pleaded guilty to first-degree murder Aug. 15, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reported. The ...

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Manafort jury to begin deliberating

ALEXANDRIA (AP) Paul Manafort lied to keep himself flush with cash for his luxurious lifestyle and lied some more to procure millions in bank loans when his income dropped off, prosecutors told jurors Wednesday in closing arguments at the former ...

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Lawyers seek to move Bedford MS-13 murder trial

BEDFORD (AP) Attorneys representing a man accused of being an MS-13 gang member and slaying a Virginia teen want to relocate his January trial, saying news coverage has biased potential jurors. Attorney Anthony Anderson said client Kevin Josue Soto-Bonilla, 21, ...

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Ex-Virginia Tech student pleads guilty to hiding teen’s body

CHRISTIANSBURG (AP) A former Virginia Tech student pleaded guilty Aug. 14 to concealing the body of a slain 13-year-old girl, but still faces trial on a more serious charge of being an accessory to the teen’s killing. Natalie Keepers is ...

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