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Gun rights activists sue Couric over documentary

(AP) Virginia gun rights activists have filed a $12 million defamation lawsuit against Katie Couric and other makers of a documentary over an edit they say misrepresented the activists’ response to a question. The segment in “Under the Gun” shows ...

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ACLU asks Supreme Court not to review bathroom ruling

(AP) The ACLU of Virginia has filed a brief with the U.S. Supreme Court asking justices not to review a ruling that a transgender boy be allowed to use the boys bathroom at his high school. The civil rights group ...

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J&DR judges called to active duty (access required)

Two Virginia juvenile and domestic relations judges are being called up for active military duty, requiring additional hours by substitute judges. Both Judge Correy R. Smith of the Waynesboro J&DR Court and Judge H. Cary Payne of the Lynchburg J&DR ...

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Organization accused of registering dead people to vote

HARRISONBURG (AP) The FBI is looking into whether an organization has been submitting voter registration applications in the names of dead people. Rockingham County Commonwealth’s Attorney Marsha Garst confirmed in a statement Monday that the unidentified group could be charged ...

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McAuliffe defends latest felon voting rights plan

(AP) Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s administration urged Virginia’s highest court on Monday to reject Republican lawmakers’ latest attempt to strip the voting rights of thousands of felons who have completed their sentences. Solicitor General Stuart Raphael said in court documents that ...

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Legal ethics opinions withdrawn (access required)

A Virginia State Bar committee has been doing some cleanup in the archives of Virginia legal ethics opinions. The Virginia State Bar’s Standing Committee on Legal Ethics has withdrawn 13 LEOs in recent months. “The committee determined that for a ...

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Chesterfield Bar endorses judge candidates (access required)

Chesterfield County lawyers have deemed four candidates to be “highly qualified” for an expected opening on the county juvenile and domestic relations court. Two other lawyers were rated “qualified,” according to the secretary for the Chesterfield Bar Association. The CBA ...

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Not-so grand juror (access required)

Indict - FEA

A grand juror in Halifax County, North Carolina, got a sneak peek at the prosecution’s evidence in his criminal case – and there’s a chance, albeit a slim one, that the presentation was so convincing he decided to go ahead ...

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A mystery solved: Where is Scalia buried?

ScaliaGrave - FEA

FAIRFAX (AP) Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia’s funeral was attended by thousands and carried on live television, but when the hearse pulled away from the church and headed to his burial site, his family asked for privacy and Supreme Court ...

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2nd trial set in same-sex custody case

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) A Virginia businessman with ties to conservative Christian groups that condemn homosexuality is set to go on trial in New York on charges he helped a woman and her daughter flee the country rather than share custody ...

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