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Man charged with wife’s 2014 poison murder

VERONA (AP) A Virginia man has been charged with first-degree murder in the death of his wife, who died from ingesting antifreeze in 2014. Augusta County Sheriff Donald Smith announced the charge Tuesday against 68-year-old David E. Vatter of Verona, ...

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Bar proposes revised client protection rules

The Virginia State Bar is seeking comments on a rewrite of the rules for the bar’s Clients’ Protection Fund. The lawyer-funded program reimburses victims of dishonest lawyers. A bar committee reviews and evaluates applications for payments from clients and others ...

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Appeals court scrutinizes ex-CIA officer’s leak conviction

(AP) A former CIA officer convicted of leaking classified details of an operation to stall Iran’s nuclear program should have his convictions tossed, in part because prosecutors improperly introduced evidence that the man had mishandled other classified material, an attorney ...

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Lyon sisters suspect faces new charges

MANASSAS (AP) The man charged in the 1975 slayings of two sisters who vanished from a suburban Maryland mall has been indicted on new charges in connection with an unrelated case in northern Virginia. Multiple news outlets report that a ...

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Las Vegas lawsuit leads to suspension for Va. lawyer (access required)

A Virginia lawyer who filed an ill-fated lawsuit against one half of the Las Vegas magic act “Siegfried & Roy” has lost his law license for 30 days. Not only did a Nevada judge dismiss the lawsuit that Fairfax attorney ...

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Kennedy could sway Supreme Court redistricting cases

WASHINGTON (AP) Justice Anthony Kennedy appears to hold the decisive vote in two Supreme Court cases involving challenges from African-American voters to electoral districts in North Carolina and Virginia. The court’s liberal and conservative justices seemed otherwise divided after arguments ...

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Rolling Stone challenges verdict in UVa defamation case

(AP) Rolling Stone magazine urged a federal judge on Monday to overturn the verdict of a jury, which found that the publication and a reporter defamed a University of Virginia administrator with their botched story about a gang rape on ...

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Virginia sees big drop in marijuana arrests

NEWPORT NEWS (AP) The number of marijuana arrests in Virginia has fallen significantly in the last few years. Charges for marijuana offenses dropped by 14 percent statewide over two years, the Daily Press reports. It’s the largest two-year drop in ...

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Lawsuit alleges counselor failed to report suicidal teen

LEESBURG (AP) The parents of an 18-year-old northern Virginia man who took his own life are suing his high-school counselor, contending he failed a duty to inform them that their son had expressed suicidal thoughts. Counselor Richard Bader’s lawyer tells ...

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Imprisoned former CIA officer fights conviction over leak

(AP) Once an employee of the powerful CIA, Jeffrey Sterling now sits behind bars at a federal prison in Colorado. He bides his time by reading and writing and working at the facility’s recreational center. Nearly two years after Sterling ...

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