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Judges pick new congressional map

(AP) A federal court has picked a new congressional map for Virginia that significantly changes the racial makeup of two districts and could help Democrats pick up a seat. But the new map could be short lived if the U.S. ...

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Deeds sues state over son’s death

(AP) A Virginia state senator whose son stabbed him multiple times before fatally shooting himself has filed a $6 million wrongful death lawsuit against the state and a mental health agency. Sen. R. Creigh Deeds of Bath County claims in ...

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Rule: Lawyers must address data security (access required)

Virginia has joined at least 19 other states in putting lawyers on notice that they cannot ignore security risks inherent in modern office technology. The Supreme Court of Virginia has approved rule amendments and commentary that impose an ethical obligation ...

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Juries in the dark about parole status

(AP) In 1998, the jury deciding LeMar Jamie Anderson’s fate had an important question for the judge: “Do we — in Virginia — have parole?” The answer was no. Virginia had abolished parole in 1995. But Anderson’s jurors would not ...

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