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Judge: No gag order for lawyers in Jesse Matthew case

FAIRFAX (AP) A Fairfax County judge on Friday rejected a request to impose a gag order on lawyers in a sexual assault trial for Jesse Matthew, who is also accused in the abduction of University of Virginia student Hannah Graham. ...

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Feds oppose McDonnell’s freedom on appeal

(AP) The government wants a federal judge to deny former Gov. Bob McDonnell’s request that he remain free while he appeals his corruption convictions. In a motion filed Friday, prosecutors said McDonnell has made no compelling case why his request ...

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Fowler to lead Williams Mullen

The Williams Mullen firm has named Calvin W. “Woody” Fowler Jr. to be the firm’s next CEO and president. Fowler current serves as practice group chair and head of the firm’s litigation section. He takes the reins from current CEO ...

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Prosecutor fired after dispute over succession

A Wise County prosecutor who sued to overturn the appointment of another as interim commonwealth’s attorney has been fired. Adrian Collins cried foul when former Commonwealth’s Attorney Ron Elkins designated his successor as Mike Abbott, despite a state statute calling ...

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County seeks to reopen ruling on public prayer

DANVILLE (AP) Pittsylvania County isn’t giving up the fight to open Board of Supervisors’ meetings with a prayer. In a filing Thursday in Danville, an attorney for the board sought to revive his bid for a second look at the ...

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Cameras barred from Matthew trial in Fairfax

FAIRFAX (AP) A Fairfax County judge on Thursday rejected a request from news organizations to allow cameras at the upcoming attempted murder trial of the man who is charged in a separate case with the abduction of University of Virginia ...

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Judge in Jesse Matthew case to rule on cameras in courtroom

FAIRFAX (AP) A judge is scheduled to hear arguments today about whether to allow still and video cameras inside the courtroom for the upcoming attempted murder trial of Jesse Matthew in Fairfax County. Matthew is also charged in Charlottesville with ...

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Prosecutor pursues bar complaint against Morrissey

The special prosecutor who gained a misdemeanor conviction last month against Del. Joseph D. Morrissey, D-Henrico, now is urging revocation of Morrissey’s license to practice law. Spotsylvania County Commonwealth’s Attorney William Neely said he was expecting to meet with prosecutors ...

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McDonnell gets 2 years in corruption case

(AP) Family members and friends wept softly as former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell told the judge at his sentencing hearing that he couldn’t “fathom any deeper humiliation” for taking bribes from a wealthy businessman to promote a dietary supplement. Then, ...

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Process begins to fill U.S. attorney position

Virginia’s two U.S. Senators are taking applications for the U.S. attorney job for the Western District of Virginia. Sens. Mark Warner and Tim Kaine will recommend candidates to the president to fill the seat left vacant by Timothy Heaphy, who ...

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