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West Virginia judge orders victims to pay half of sex abuser’s legal fees in Mormon Church cover-up suit

3 days agoNews : The Raw Story

A West Virginia judge ordered sex abuse victims to pay half the attorney costs for the Mormon Church in a civil suit alleging that church officials covered up previous claims against their abuser. Naturally, the victims and their families don’t wish to help the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day...

Judge drops case of woman accused of failing to pay Beltway express lane tolls

Hundreds or thousands of violators accused of not paying tolls on the 495 Express Lanes in Northern Virginia could seek dismissal of their court cases after a ruling this week by a Fairfax County judge, attorneys said.Read full article >>

Morning Wrap: Tsarnaev Verdict Reaction | Dentons and McKenna Long Tie Up

This is a round-up of legal news from ALM and around the country, focused on Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, Ted Cruz, West Virginia's attorney general and the major merger law firms.       

Pardon case goes to Va. Gov. McAuliffe as attorney general Herring stays mum

A joint pardon request by prosecutors and a Richmond man who says he served 29 years in prison for a 1986 sex crime he did not commit was delivered Wednesday to Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D), putting the case in the hands of elected officials.Read full article >>

Virginia Attorney Suspended From Practice For Alleged Sleeping and Drunken Outburst At CLE Program

There is an remarkable sanction imposed recently by the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board which suspended lawyer Wayne Hartke of Reston for intoxication and disruptive behavior. What makes it notable is that the conduct did not occur with clients or in court or even in a firm. It occurred as a continuing legal education seminar. […]

Va. prosecutor: Innocent man faces life behind bars unless McAuliffe pardons

A convicted sex offender who claims he is innocent — and a prosecutor who believes him — on Wednesday will ask Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) to issue a full pardon, according to attorneys involved in the case.Read full article >...

An imploding Virginia college may be sitting on the very thing that could save it

Sweet Briar College may be ignoring a major asset that could be used to save the school from closing — its campus. On Monday, a local Virginia county attorney filed a lawsuit against Sweet Briar on behalf of the state that could prevent the college from closing following the end of the current semester, as administrators had announced last month. Show More Summary

Climate of Incivility

On April 23, 2010, the Attorney General of the state of Virginia, Ken Cuccinelli, initiated an investigation into the research of climate scientist Michael Mann. Mann is the creator of the so-called “hockey stick” graph, which used...Show More Summary

All Opinions Are Local: Ken Cuccinelli’s new direction

Is one-time conservative firebrand Ken Cuccinelli undergoing a makeover?The hard-line former Virginia attorney general who lost a bitter gubernatorial race to Democrat Terry McAuliffe in 2013 is now helping run an oyster farm and sounding...Show More Summary

Va. Attorney General Herring to focus on predatory lending

RICHMOND — Attorney General Mark R. Herring announced Thursday that he is revamping his office’s consumer protection unit to make predatory lending its core focus.“I read a few weeks ago that Virginia is now considered the predatory-lending capital of the East Coast, and I cannot accept that,” Herring (D) said. Show More Summary

Martese Johnson Did Not Have A Fake ID, Attorney Says

The bloody arrest of University of Virginia student Martese Johnson all started when an employee for a local bar approached him on a sidewalk, Johnson's attorney, Daniel Watkins, said in a press conference Thursday. Watkins said hisShow More Summary

Former state attorneys general support McDonnell’s appeal

Former Virginia governor Robert F. McDonnell on Monday added 44 former state attorneys general to the list of supporters who want to see his public corruption conviction set aside, and the group could grow larger before the day is finished. Read full article >>

Va. Senate defeats bill to require attorney general to defend state law

RICHMOND — By the narrowest of margins, the state Senate on Monday killed a House bill that would have required Virginia’s attorney general to defend any state law whose constitutionality is challenged.Read full article >>...

State Lawmakers Order Attorney General to Uphold Virginia’s Gay Marriage Ban

“It is time to discard these discriminatory bans and to recognize the humanity of gay and lesbian Americans," Herring has argued.

The Fur, Feathers, and Scales of Justice: Scoring the Highs and Lows of Attorneys General on Animal Protection

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has launched an Animal Protection Initiative to fight animal cruelty. Photo: John Minchillo/AP Images for The HSUS Last week, Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring burnished his pro-animal record when he established an Animal Law unit in an attorney general’s office. Show More Summary

Alleged Theft and Killing of Dog by PETA Employees Moves Virginia Attorney General to Create New Legal Unit

Virginia's Attorney General has announced a new animal law unit in response to the refusal to prosecute PETA for some of its workers allegedly stealing and killing a little girl's dog. Two pet thefts in Accomack County, Virginia, have received national attention recently. Show More Summary

Flunking Democracy 101 in Virginia

Former Virginia attorney general Ken Cuccinelli and a posse of supposed conservative constitutional scholars are hawking legal hokum about the U.S. Constitution.They want Virginia to join other states in exercising the commonwealth’s...Show More Summary

Guest Post by Prof. Tu and Dr. Gaudry – Our Call to the PTO: Release SAWS Data

Guest Post by Prof. Shine Tu and Dr. Kate Gaudry.  Professor Tu is an Associate Professor of Law at the West Virginia College of Law.  Dr. Gaudry is an associate attorney with Kilpatrick Townsend. The Sensitive Application Warning System, or SAWS, program is a secretive program operated by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office that […]

The Fur, Feathers, and Scales of Justice: Scoring the Highs and Lows of Attorneys General on Animal Protection

Last week, Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring burnished his pro-animal record when he established an Animal Law unit in an attorney general’s office. The unit will serve as a resource for local law enforcement and state agenciesShow More Summary

No Asylum: Immigrants Locked Up in U.S. after Fleeing Violence

3 months agoNews : Reason

  Originally posted Feb. 22, 2015. "When people knock on your door, and they are fleeing abuse, the United States is obligated morally and legally to let them in," says Virginia Raymond, an immigration attorney fighting for the right of a single mother and her three daughters to seek asylum in he U.S. Show More Summary

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