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Exonerated man released from prison after 33 years

BURKEVILLE (AP) As he walked into the Virginia sun after spending 33 years in prison for crimes authorities now say he didn’t commit, the fact that his parents weren’t there to see him become a free man weighed heavily on ...

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Access to legislative records at issue

(AP) A judge has ruled that current and former Virginia state senators are in contempt for not providing records related to a redistricting lawsuit. Richmond Judge W. Reilly Marchant ruled Thursday that each senator in contempt should be assessed a ...

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Virginia Supreme Court orders release of wrongly convicted man

(AP) A former sailor convicted of rape and murder in Newport News more than three decades ago is innocent and should be released from prison, the state’s highest court said Thursday. The Virginia Supreme Court granted Keith Allen Harward’s petition ...

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State agrees on wrongful conviction claim

(AP) DNA evidence proves that a man who is serving a life sentence was wrongfully convicted of rape and murder more than three decades ago, Virginia’s attorney general said Wednesday. The attorney general’s office has filed a brief with the state ...

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Court temporarily stays inmate’s execution

(AP) A Virginia death row inmate convicted of hiring a man to kill his ex-girlfriend plans to take his case to the U.S. Supreme Court after his execution was halted by a federal appeals court. The 4th U.S. Circuit Court ...

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Report calls for changes after inmate death

(AP) A Portsmouth jail should provide better oversight of its health care providers and the state should take steps to ensure the accuracy of a waiting list for beds at a state mental hospital, Virginia’s inspector general said in a ...

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Class-action suit challenges US government’s watch list

ALEXANDRIA (AP) For Yaseen Kadura, a U.S. citizen of Libyan descent, placement on the no-fly list caused problems far beyond the airport. He was handcuffed and interrogated for hours when he tried to cross borders by land. He struggled to ...

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Deposition set for woman in UVa rape story

CHARLOTTESVILLE (AP) The woman who said she was gang-raped at a University of Virginia fraternity house and was the centerpiece of a now-retracted Rolling Stone article must answer attorneys’ questions in a defamation lawsuit, a federal judge has ruled. Through her ...

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George Mason University becomes a favorite of Charles Koch

FAIRFAX (AP) George Mason University, a public school outside the nation’s capital, has quietly become a conservative powerhouse in economics and law, a reputation built in part with tens of millions of dollars a year from billionaire Republican donor Charles ...

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Huguely habeas petition is heard

CHARLOTTESVILLE (AP) A judge is weighing arguments that a former University of Virginia lacrosse player convicted in the slaying of his former girlfriend did not receive a fair trial. George V. Huguely V is serving a 23-year sentence for the ...

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