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Judge orders bathroom access for transgender student

(AP) A Virginia school board must allow a transgender teen to use the boys restroom while the court considers the legal issues of his case, a federal district judge ruled Thursday. U.S. District Court Judge Robert G. Doumar’s order directs the ...

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ABA asks court to hear Virginia death row case

(AP) The American Bar Association is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to consider a Virginia death row inmate’s appeal. The group says it filed a brief urging the high court to hear Ricky Gray’s case because the state court didn’t ...

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VLW wins national journalism awards

Virginia Lawyers Weekly has won awards – a gold and a silver — in two national journalism contests that announced their results this week. NFPW. The editorial entitled, “Don’t fire Justice Roush,” took first-place honors in the 2016 NFPW Professional ...

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Petition: DNA tests clear 2 men convicted in 1996 rape case

(AP) An organization dedicated to exonerating wrongfully convicted individuals says DNA evidence proves that two men had nothing to do with the rape and beating of a Norfolk woman two decades ago. The Innocence Project filed papers Tuesday in the ...

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Legal community donates food for those in need

Law offices, government workers and law schools across Virginia donated the equivalent of $1.5 million pounds of food for needy Virginians during the 10th annual Legal Food Frenzy this year. This year’s total is up 15 percent over 2015, and ...

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Roanoke Law Foundation scholarships awarded

Seven young scholars will benefit from the 2016 James N. Kincanon and Jane S. Glenn scholarships awarded by the Roanoke Law Foundation. The 2016 recipients of the James N. Kincanon scholarships are: John Christian Blackwell, a 2016 graduate of Patrick ...

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High court says gov’t can prosecute drug robbery

WASHINGTON (AP) The U.S. Supreme Court says the government can prosecute a robbery of drug dealers under federal law without having to show that the drugs were intended for interstate commerce. The justices on Monday ruled 7-1 to uphold the ...

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Officials remove 132 sex offenders from voter list

(AP) State officials have removed 132 sex offenders from Virginia’s list of eligible voters saying they appeared on the list by mistake. The Washington Post reports that a spokesman for Gov. Terry McAuliffe, Brian Coy, acknowledged the error involving offenders ...

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Officer: Shooting of teen at car wash was self-defense

CHESTERFIELD (AP) A Richmond police officer charged with second-degree murder in the shooting death of an 18-year-old at a car wash said Thursday that he acted in self-defense and broke down in tears as he recalled learning the teen had ...

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ACLU: Most commonwealth’s attorney elections are uncontested

(AP) Virginia’s commonwealth’s attorneys ran unopposed in nearly three-quarters of elections over the past 10 years, according to a new report from the American Civil Liberties Union of Virginia, which says the lack of competitive races means prosecutors’ broad powers ...

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