Hate crime bills rejected by Virginia House and Senate committees

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

RICHMOND (February 1, 2017) – Today, despite an increase in hate crimes in Virginia and around the country, the General Assembly completed their rejection of tools to better protect ethnic, religious, and sexual minorities and other vulnerable communities from hate crimes. After the House of Delegates Courts of Justice Criminal Law Subcommittee voted on party […]

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Kaine votes against Sen. Jeff Sessions but moves out of committee

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement today on the nomination of Senator Jeff Sessions to be Attorney General on a party-line vote. “I was a civil rights lawyer for 17 years and know that one of the most important roles of the Justice Department is to protect civil rights. This […]

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Virginia Dupont facility $50 million settlement largest natural resource damage settlement in Virginia’s history

Thursday, December 15, 2016

WASHINGTON – The Departments of Justice and the Interior joined with the Commonwealth of Virginia today to announce a proposed settlement with DuPont valued at approximately $50 million to resolve claims stemming from the release of mercury from the former E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Company (DuPont) facility in Waynesboro, Virginia.  Over 100 miles […]

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Western District of Virginia collects over $9 million in civil and criminal actions – DOJ collects $15 billion

Thursday, December 15, 2016

ROANOKE, VIRGINIA – United States Attorney John P. Fishwick Jr. announced today that the Western District of Virginia collected $9,663,834 in criminal and civil actions in fiscal year 2016. Of this amount, $9,266,499 was collected in criminal actions and $397,334 was collected in civil actions. Additionally, the Western District of Virginia worked with other U.S. […]

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Lawsuit filed today over permit to build mosque in Culpeper County

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

WASHINGTON – The Justice Department filed a lawsuit today against Culpeper County, Virginia, alleging that the county violated the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act of 2000 (RLUIPA) when it denied a sewage permit application to the Islamic Center of Culpeper (ICC), effectively preventing the ICC from building a small mosque on land that […]

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Suspension of driver’s license for inability to pay court fines unconstitutional

Monday, November 14, 2016

Nov. 14 The Department of Justice has now filed a brief and assigned attorneys in support of repealing the practice of suspending Virginia drivers licenses when a person is unable to pay court fines and fees. WASHINGTON Nov. 8 – The Justice Department filed a statement of interest today in the U.S. District Court for […]

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No charges against Roanoke County Police Officers in fatal shooting of Kionte Spencer

Friday, November 4, 2016

ROANOKE, VIRGINIA – The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Virginia announced today that there is insufficient evidence to pursue federal criminal civil rights charges against the Roanoke County Police Officers involved in the fatal shooting of Kionte Spencer on February 26, 2016. Officials from the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the Justice Department’s […]

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Bedford residents sentenced to prison for tax fraud scheme

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

WASHINGTON – Two Bedford, Virginia, residents were sentenced to prison today for criminal offenses arising out of a four-year scheme to defraud the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the Social Security Administration, announced Acting Assistant Attorney General Caroline D. Ciraolo and U.S. Attorney John P. Fishwick Jr. of the Western District of Virginia.  Edgar Foxx, […]

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Marion, Virginia Police Chief arrested on federal drug charges

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

The Police Chief of the Marion, Va., Police Department was arrested Wednesday morning on federal charges related to the distribution of a controlled substance. Michael Dean Roberts, a.k.a. “Fireball,” age 54, of Saltville, Va., was arrested via a federal criminal complaint earlier this morning and charged with one count of distribution of a controlled substance. […]

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Hard hiring freeze at Department of Justice

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Brian McGinn, Public Affairs Specialist at the United States Attorney Office for the Western District of Virginia said that the Department Of Justice is in the midst of a hard hiring freeze. “When that freeze lifts the Community Outreach Coordinator position that Gwen Mason held will be advertised and filled,” he said. McGinn emphasized that the position has […]

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Roanoke man sentenced to 40 months in Ponzi scheme

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Roanoke man sentenced to 40 months in Ponzi scheme

Former independent financial advisor Michael D. Leamnson, 56, of Roanoke, Va., bilked clients out of nearly $1 million dollars with the promise of high investment returns. He was sentenced today in the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia in Lynchburg on fraud charges. In October Leamnson waived his right to be indicted and pled […]

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