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Judgment will stand against former prosecutor (access required)

A Culpeper County employee who sued the county commonwealth’s attorney for assault and battery will get to keep his $1,500 judgment against the former official. A circuit judge’s decision Monday resolved a procedural dispute over the handling of appeals from ...

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Complex fraud scheme netted $1.4M

ALEXANDRIA (AP) A judge in Virginia has sentenced a 56-year-old Las Vegas man to five years in prison for assuming the identity of defunct businesses to obtain electronics that he then resold. Myrick Clift Beasley pleaded guilty to mail fraud ...

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Former Navy instructor walks out of hearing

QUANTICO (AP) A former Naval Academy instructor facing a possible court-martial after a newspaper uncovered new evidence related to his convictions for indecent acts with female midshipmen walked out of his own preliminary hearing Friday. Kevin McDermott, the civilian lawyer ...

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Lawyers struggle with deadlines in utilities case (access required)

With electronic filing, missing a deadline can be a matter of seconds. A lawyer for the former chief financial officer of the scandal-plagued Bristol utilities agency is asking for forgiveness for a one-minute delay in filing post-trial pleadings. Motions for ...

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Lawsuit describes brutal jail stay

A $60 million lawsuit describes horrific conditions at the Portsmouth jail where a 24-year-old mentally disabled inmate died in August. The suit – filed May 10 – seeks actual and punitive damages for the death of Jamycheal Mitchell on Aug. ...

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McCullough to be sworn in this month

(AP) Virginia Court of Appeals Judge Stephen McCullough will be sworn in as a justice of the state Supreme Court later this month. McCullough’s investiture will be held in Richmond on May 23 at 3 p.m. Virginia lawmakers voted in ...

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AG Herring issues opinion on sex discrimination laws

(AP) Virginia’s attorney general says violations of federal sex-discrimination laws based on sexual orientation or gender identity also are violations of state law. Democrat Mark Herring issued that opinion Tuesday in response to requests by three state lawmakers. It comes as ...

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Appeals court revives lawsuit against police officers

(AP) A federal appeals court has revived a Waynesboro man’s lawsuit against two police officers who detained him for a psychiatric evaluation. A three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said Monday that a judge who dismissed ...

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