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McCullough to be sworn in this month

(AP) Virginia Court of Appeals Judge Stephen McCullough will be sworn in as a justice of the state Supreme Court later this month. McCullough’s investiture will be held in Richmond on May 23 at 3 p.m. Virginia lawmakers voted in ...

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AG Herring issues opinion on sex discrimination laws

(AP) Virginia’s attorney general says violations of federal sex-discrimination laws based on sexual orientation or gender identity also are violations of state law. Democrat Mark Herring issued that opinion Tuesday in response to requests by three state lawmakers. It comes as ...

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Appeals court revives lawsuit against police officers

(AP) A federal appeals court has revived a Waynesboro man’s lawsuit against two police officers who detained him for a psychiatric evaluation. A three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said Monday that a judge who dismissed ...

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Former Justice Roush to work as mediator

(AP) After losing her spot on the Supreme Court of Virginia in a partisan squabble, former Justice Jane Marum Roush is working as a mediator. The Richmond-based McCammon Group announced Monday that Roush is joining the firm, which employs retired ...

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Lawyers clash over boy’s grand jury appearance

MANASSAS (AP) Lawyers for an Army staff sergeant accused of fatally shooting a police officer working her first shift are fighting prosecutors’ efforts to bring the defendant’s 11-year-old son in front of a grand jury. Authorities say Ronald Hamilton of ...

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4th Circuit rejects death row inmate’s appeal

(AP) A federal appeals court has rejected an appeal of a Virginia death row inmate who killed two people during an escape. William Morva’s attorney argued before the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in March that he was improperly ...

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Prosecutor will not charge officers in stun gun case

HALIFAX (AP) Virginia prosecutors defended a decision Tuesday not to bring charges against police officers who used stun guns multiple times on a black man before his death, saying that although the officers may have acted inappropriately they don’t think they ...

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Sister: No charges against police in stun gun case

(AP) A Virginia prosecutor has decided not to bring charges against officers who used stun guns repeatedly on a black man before his 2013 death, the man’s sister and her attorney said Monday. Halifax County Commonwealth’s Attorney Tracy Quackenbush Martin said ...

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GOP lawmakers to sue over felons’ voting rights

(AP) Republican lawmakers in Virginia will file a lawsuit challenging Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s decision to allow more than 200,000 convicted felons to vote in November, GOP leaders said Monday. Republicans argue the governor has overstepped his constitutional authority with ...

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Inmate video was not saved

(AP) An attorney representing the family of a mentally ill inmate who died at a Virginia jail is criticizing officials’ decision not to save video footage captured outside the man’s cell in the days leading up to his death. Lt. ...

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