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Kindred named bankruptcy judge (access required)

Alexandria bankruptcy lawyer Klinette H. Kindred has been named as a U.S. Bankruptcy Court judge. Judges of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals selected Kindred to fill the vacancy created by the coming retirement of Judge Robert G. Mayer ...

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Grandmother gets 12 years in murder-for-hire plot

CULPEPER (AP) A Culpeper County grandmother will serve 12 years in state prison for putting a hit on relatives after losing custody of her grandson. Circuit Judge Richard Potter on Monday sentenced 45-year-old Tammy Smith Kelly of Stevensburg. She pleaded ...

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Feds bust monkey blood scam

ALEXANDRIA (AP) A broker of human blood and animal blood products in Winchester has pleaded guilty to shipping monkey blood but falsely labeling it as human. Phillip Lloyd of Clear Brook, 57, entered the plea Tuesday in federal court in ...

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Roanoke Valley bars split on endorsements (access required)

Bar associations in the Roanoke Valley have endorsed two Roanoke attorneys for a coming vacancy on the general district bench. The Roanoke Bar Association voted Nov. 8 to endorse Melissa W. Friedman for the seat to be vacated by the ...

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Somali pirates resentenced, 2 get life terms

NORFOLK (AP) Two Somali pirates have been sentenced to life in prison, and a third has received 33 years because he cooperated with prosecutors in a separate piracy case. U.S. District Judge Raymond Jackson issued the life sentences Monday after ...

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90 years for man who killed 3 family members

(AP) A Virginia man who pleaded guilty to killing his parents and his sister at their home last year has been sentenced to 90 years. Local news agencies report 29-year-old Carl V. Hughes IV was sentenced to 150 years in ...

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Justices agree to hear ‘balance billing’ case (access required)

The Supreme Court of Virginia has agreed to review a case focusing on whether a hospital can bill a patient the full amount of its charges when the hospital is “out-of-network” for the patient. A Henry County judge last year ...

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Lawsuit defends bald eagle home (access required)

A lawsuit in Alexandria federal court is aimed at protecting the nest of a family of bald eagles from the aggravation of nearby construction work. The lawyer for a concerned bird watcher says a federal official broke the rules when ...

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Law school hotline offers voter assistance

WILLIAMSBURG (AP) Students from the William & Mary law school will be running a voter assistance hotline this election day. The school says students will help local citizens in the Tidewater region with any questions they have Tuesday about voting. ...

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Supreme Court denies rehearing in death row case

WASHINGTON (AP) The U.S. Supreme Court has again declined to hear the death row case of a man who was convicted of killing a Richmond family of four. The high court denied Ricky Gray’s petition for a rehearing Monday after ...

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