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Va. courts headquarters loses internet access

A wayward truck caused the Supreme Court of Virginia and associated offices in Richmond to lose internet service for a time Friday. The courts’ website was down at midday, but was restored shortly afterwards. The situation may have affected some ...

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Charges dismissed in tainted pill prosecution (access required)

The end of a drug conspiracy charge against Les Burns is now official. On the motion of prosecutors, a federal judge has dismissed the case against the Bedford County man who had been convicted of taking part in illicit distribution ...

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Man charged with soliciting prosecutor’s murder (access required)

A man who pleaded guilty to raping a 15-year-old girl has now been charged with trying to arrange the murders of a prosecutor and three witnesses. Eric Lee Diamond of Radford was indicted July 11 on four charges of solicitation ...

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Prosecutors to drop charge after misconduct ruling (access required)

Stung by a federal judge’s finding of prosecutorial misconduct, government lawyers say they do not plan to put an alleged pill pusher on trial a second time. U.S. District Judge Norman K. Moon of Lynchburg last week ordered a new ...

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Justices question standing for challenge to rights restoration (access required)

A Republican legal challenge to Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s politically charged blanket rights restoration for convicted felons could be decided on how the case reached the doors of the state Supreme Court. The justices conducted oral arguments in the voting ...

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Lawyer diverted $182,000, bar charges (access required)

An Eastern Shore attorney misappropriated or misspent more than $182,000 of her great uncle’s money, using most of it for personal expenses, according to charges leveled by the Virginia State Bar. A VSB disciplinary subcommittee has certified charges including criminal ...

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