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Inmate who claims innocence asks governor to spare his life

(AP) Attorneys for a Virginia death-row inmate convicted of hiring a man to kill his ex-girlfriend filed a clemency petition on Friday urging Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe to spare his life because they believe he is innocent. Ivan Teleguz is ...

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Judge settles lawsuit filed by neighbor

A general district judge sued by a neighbor amid a bitter dispute over a sliver of land has settled the malicious prosecution claim for undisclosed terms. Botetourt County Judge William H. Cleaveland reached an agreement with neighbor Michael J. Vaughn ...

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Man accused of killing parents not competent for trial

HENRICO (AP) A man charged with fatally shooting his parents last year has been found incompetent to stand trial. A judge in Henrico County Thursday accepted a psychological evaluation that 23-year-old William Roy Brissette suffers from schizoaffective disorder, the Richmond ...

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Trial concludes for man accused of killing son for insurance

MANASSAS (AP) Joaquin Rams is either a father unjustly accused in the tragic, unexplained death of his 1-year-old son, or he is the most cold-blooded of murderers who snuffed the life from his boy to collect half a million dollars ...

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UMW settles discrimination claim (access required)

The University of Mary Washington and its basketball coach have agreed to pay $160,000 to settle claims of race and gender discrimination by a former student. Jasmine Orsted claimed that she was excluded from the school’s basketball team and unfairly ...

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Email campaign targets 4th Circuit judges (access required)

Judges of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals are facing a flood of emails in support of the Trump administration’s travel ban which comes before the court on May 8. The court will be hearing an appeal of a Maryland case blocking ...

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Albo to retire from House

A Republican member of the state House of Delegates is joining a growing list of GOP lawmakers who are retiring. Del. David B. Albo, R-Springfield, announced Wednesday that he was retiring after more than two decades in office because of ...

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Republicans reject Medicaid expansion

(AP) Republican lawmakers in Virginia rejected another bid to expand Medicaid, saying the cost of providing new health coverage to thousands of poor adults would cripple the state. The House of Delegates voted against Medicaid expansion Wednesday as lawmakers reconvened ...

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Crime commission to study marijuana decriminalization

(AP) The Virginia State Crime Commission plans to study whether marijuana should be decriminalized in the Old Dominion. The commission’s executive committee agreed Wednesday to study the issue this year, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reports. Senate Majority Leader Tommy Norment requested ...

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Man convicted in slaying seeks to have sentence reduced

(AP) A man who says he’s serving an unfairly long prison sentence because his jury thought he would be eligible for parole is asking Gov. Terry McAuliffe for relief. Jerome D. Cooper received a 70-year prison sentence in 1999 after ...

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