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Legislators propose ‘Justice Commission’ (access required)

Two Democratic state legislators recommend changing the State Crime Commission into the “Virginia Justice Commission.” Legislation introduced by Sen. Scott Surovell, D-Mount Vernon, and Del. Patrick Hope, D-Arlington, would broaden the commission’s focus from solely crime and punishment to include ...

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Lawyer disbarred for ignoring bar suspension (access required)

A Sterling attorney accused of continuing to practice even after his license was suspended has been disbarred. A panel of the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board revoked the license of James A. Powers on Nov. 15 after Powers admitted he ...

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Lawyer disbarred for keeping client money (access required)

A Virginia State Bar disciplinary panel has revoked the law license of a Chesterfield attorney for mishandling client money amid a dispute with the client. The panel of the VSB Disciplinary Board cited four prior disciplinary penalties in deciding unanimously to ...

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Charlottesville rally planner faces jail for defying orders

CHARLOTTESVILLE (AP) An organizer of a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville that erupted in violence in 2017 is facing jail time for failing to comply with court orders in a federal lawsuit against him and other rally participants, according to ...

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Six top ODBA list for Smith judgeship (access required)

Six candidates were described as “Highly Qualified & Recommended” for a Norfolk federal judgeship in rankings from the Old Dominion Bar Association. In Dec. 4 letters to U.S. Sens. Mark Warner and Tim Kaine, the ODBA identified the following as ...

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Judge upholds 81-year prison sentence for ex-police officer

STAFFORD (AP) A Stafford County judge has upheld the 81-year prison sentence that a jury recommended for a former police officer convicted of trying to hire a hit man while she was jailed on other charges. Circuit Judge Victoria Willis ...

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Man faces life sentence in bizarre failed kidnapping plot

HARRISONBURG (AP) A Florida man is facing a life sentence after pleading guilty in a failed plot to kidnap five Shenandoah Valley children and kill their parents. Federal prosecutors in Virginia said Frank Jesse Amnott, 31, pleaded guilty Dec. 11 ...

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Church trustees sue city over child abuse probe

CHESAPEAKE (AP) Trustees of a Chesapeake church claim city workers defamed the organization when talking about allegations of abuse. Last year, a Chesapeake social worker determined abuse allegations had been substantiated against five Deep Creek United Methodist Church childcare workers. But ...

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Lynchburg man shot by police settles lawsuit

LYNCHBURG (AP) A lawsuit filed by a Lynchburg accountant who said he was wrongfully shot by police at his home has been settled. Attorneys involved in the case confirmed Dec. 11 that the Walker Sigler’s suit against former Lynchburg officers ...

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Hampton says Michael Vick owes $70K in unpaid taxes

HAMPTON (AP) Former football star Michael Vick owes tens of thousands of dollars in unpaid taxes on luxury cars that he owned in Virginia, officials said. Officials said Vick owes the city of Hampton about $70,000, the Daily Press of Newport News ...

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