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Fairfax murder case ends in mistrial

CHANTILLY (AP) A Fairfax County judge declared a mistrial Friday in the case of a park worker accused of fatally stabbing a caterer at a wedding celebration. The jury deliberated for hours before telling the judge that they could not ...

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Fourth Circuit: Board’s prayer practice is unconstitutional

(AP) Elected officials’ practice of opening meetings in North Carolina with Christian prayer and inviting audience members to join is unconstitutional, a federal appeals court ruled Friday in a closely watched case likely headed for the U.S. Supreme Court. The ...

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Virginia Supreme Court sides with pipeline in survey lawsuit

(AP) The Supreme Court of Virginia has ruled in favor of the company developing the Atlantic Coast Pipeline in a lawsuit against a woman who sought to keep surveyors off her property. Hazel Palmer owns land in Augusta County along ...

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Inmate lawsuit claims his hepatitis wasn’t properly treated

(AP)  An inmate has sued the Virginia Department of Corrections claiming that it has failed to properly treat his hepatitis C. Terry Riggleman filed the lawsuit with the help of legal advocacy groups on June 26 in state court, the ...

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Virginia executes Morva for killing 2 men during escape

JARRATT (AP) A Virginia man who killed a hospital security guard and a sheriff’s deputy after escaping from custody in 2006 was executed after an unsuccessful campaign to spare the inmate’s life over concerns about his mental health. William Morva, ...

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Virginia governor declines to spare man awaiting execution

(AP) Virginia’s Democratic governor said Thursday that he won’t the spare the life of an inmate whose lawyers say he was under the influence of delusions when he killed two men during an escape in 2006. Gov. Terry McAuliffe said ...

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Virginia set to execute man under more secretive protocol

(AP) When Virginia carries out its next execution, more of the process will be shrouded in secrecy. Virginia is scheduled to give a lethal injection to 35-year-old William Morva on Thursday for the 2006 killings of a hospital security guard ...

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Case raises questions of fairness in executing mentally ill

(AP) William Morva showed signs of mental illness long before he killed two men during an escape from custody in 2006, friends and family say. In the years leading up to the killings, Morva began sleeping in the woods, showed ...

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Charity website sued over hate group labels

NEWPORT NEWS (AP) A Florida-based legal advocacy organization is suing over a “hate group” label that it and other nonprofits received on a website that maintains a database of information about U.S. charities. Liberty Counsel Inc. filed a federal lawsuit ...

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Justices to weigh police use of license plate data

(AP) Virginia’s highest court will consider a challenge to a police practice of retaining data from automated license plate readers. The Supreme Court of Virginia will hear the case filed by the American Civil Liberties Union in Fairfax County, where ...

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