Virginia AG Mark Herring argues nation’s first hearing against immigration ban

Friday, February 10, 2017

ALEXANDRIA (February 10, 2017) – Today Attorney General Mark R. Herring and his team made the nation’s first arguments in federal district court on why President Donald Trump’s immigration ban should be stopped with a preliminary injunction. Attorney General Herring made the case that President Trump’s ban on entry of lawful permanent residents and visa […]

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Mario Dillard to spend 35 years in federal prison on child pornography charges

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

DANVILLE, VIRGINIA – A Martinsville man, who produced images and videos of himself raping a four-year-old girl, was sentenced yesterday in the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia in Danville, Acting United States Attorney Rick A. Mountcastle announced. Mario Ahlazshuna Dillard, 31, of Martinsville, Va., previously pled guilty to three counts […]

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AG Mark Herring pens letter asking for additional information on Virginia detentions

Sunday, January 29, 2017

AG Mark Herring pens letter asking for additional information on Virginia detentions

RICHMOND (January 29, 2017)–Attorney General Mark R. Herring has formally requested additional information from the federal government on any detentions in Virginia resulting from President Trump’s Executive Order on immigration, including any individuals with lawful permanent resident status or validly issued work or student visas. Attorney General Herring has also requested information about whether U.S. […]

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Criminal Law Subcommittee takes up swearing in public

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Criminal Law Subcommittee takes up swearing in public

Delegate Michael Webert  (R-18) will save all you Virginians from a Class 4 misdemeanor for cursing in public. Bet you didn’t know you could be arrested for cursing out loud. I mean I’m sure you never do that. I think Del. Webert should have proposed a swear jar. A far better idea. The contents could […]

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Governor McAuliffe proposes criminal justice reforms

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Governor McAuliffe proposes criminal justice reforms

For the General Assembly 2017 session that begins January 5 Governor Terry McAuliffe proposes a legislative package that includes reforming driver license suspensions, increasing ability to petition court based on new DNA evidence and revising felony larceny threshold. “Throughout my administration, I have worked with Virginia’s public safety officials, the legislature, and the courts to […]

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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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Sen. Warner, Kaine, AG Mark Herring on SCOTUS decision striking down abortion restrictions

Monday, June 27, 2016

Attorney General Mark R. Herring issued the following statement on the Supreme Court’s decision today in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt. The Court found that certain restrictions imposed on abortion clinics by the state of Texas were medically unnecessary and created an unconstitutional burden on women. . Attorney General Herring joined an amicus brief on […]

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Opinion by federal judge rules against fracking regulation

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Wednesday, June 22, 2016 – Late Tuesday, a federal judge appointed by President Barack Obama, Judge Scott Skavdahl of the District Court of Wyoming, ruled that the Interior Department does not have the authority to regulate hydraulic fracturing. “The issue before this Court is not whether hydraulic fracturing is good or bad for the environment […]

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AG Mark Herring issues official opinion on LGBT discrimination

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

AG Mark Herring issues official opinion on LGBT discrimination

RICHMOND, Va. (May 10, 2016) – In an official opinion issued today, May 10, the Attorney General of the Commonwealth of Virginia, Mark Herring, has concluded that: To the extent that discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity is recognized by federal courts and agencies as impermissible sex discrimination under federal anti-discrimination laws, such […]

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Harward receives a writ of actual innocence from SCOVA

Thursday, April 7, 2016

~ Attorney General had filed a brief supporting Harward’s efforts to be declared innocent based on new DNA evidence that showed he was innocent and positively identified the actual perpetrator ~ RICHMOND (April 7, 2016)-Attorney General Mark R. Herring released the following statement on the Supreme Court of Virginia’s granting of Keith Allen Harward’s petition […]

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Democrats – election of a justice to the SCOVA “a botched process” – Republicans admonish “usurp of constitutional authority”

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Democrats - election of a justice to the  SCOVA

Stephen R. McCullough was elected to the Virginia Supreme Court in the House 66-34 with one Democrat’s vote. Del. Luke E. Torian who represents the Prince William County suburbs of Washington, D.C. voted for McCullough. voting “yes.” Democrats say McCullough’s election brings to an end a drawn-out, botched judicial process that has exposed the kind of […]

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HB 773 The Nondiscrimination discrimination act passes the Senate

Thursday, February 25, 2016

The Senate substitute vs. the House bill defines discrimination (religious freedom) more clearly. It was changed to religious organizations, ministers and those performing marriages. Del. Todd Gilbert’s original bill was more broad. Churches now can refuse to perform a marriage on any grounds like a divorced couple. This does however give those authorized to perform […]

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