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House votes to expand death penalty

The House of Delegates yesterday approved a bill to expand the death penalty to cover an accomplice in a killing who shares the triggerman’s intent to kill. The House voted 73-25 yesterday to expand Virginia’s “triggerman rule,” which reserves capital ...

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Former PD Boatwright dead at 56

Former Richmond public defender John B. Boatwright III died this past Monday after an illness. He was 56. Mr. Boatwright was a 1981 graduate of the University of Virginia law school. He worked in private practice until 2002, when he ...

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Former sheriff wins appeal in 4th Circuit

A former North Carolina sheriff will be resentenced for perjury after a ruling yesterday from the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. According to The Fayetteville Observer, former Robeson County sheriff Glenn Maynor pleaded guilty to lying to a grand ...

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“Puff-and-go” bill advances

An ignition interlock measure for DUI offenders has passed its second reading in the House of Delegates. The bill would require all first-time DUI offenders to equip their vehicles with breath-testing machines for six months, reports The Virginian-Pilot. The ignition ...

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Legal help for immigrants was a scam, police charge

A Falls Church woman is accused of stealing more than $1 million from illegal immigrants who paid her to help them get working papers. The Washington Examiner reports that Shahrzad Soleimanlou allegedly had several illegal immigrants wire her money by ...

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Prayer bill approved by House

The House of Delegates yesterday passed a bill to let police chaplains pray to Jesus Christ, but the governor is threatening a veto. According to The Free Lance-Star, the issue arose after a federal appeals court upheld a Fredericksburg City ...

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Autism coverage bill fails

A House subcommittee refused to act on a bill that would require insurance companies to cover autism treatment for people under 21. The Virginian-Pilot reports that HB1588 would have covered $36,000 a year and exempt businesses with 25 or fewer ...

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Mims has roots in Harrisonburg

Bill Mims, who is likely to be the commonwealth’s next attorney general, was an All-District offensive tackle for the Harrisonburg High School Blue Streaks in the early 1970s. Mims was born and raised in Harrisonburg, according to a profile piece ...

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Fraternity says it got the bum’s rush at GMU

The brothers of Sigma Chi told a 4th Circuit panel yesterday their fraternity was kicked off campus without due process. The fraternity’s lawyer, Christopher Aldo Porco, described the university’s disciplinary proceeding as “reminiscent of the kangaroo court that expelled the ...

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