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Fairfax murder case ends in mistrial

CHANTILLY (AP) A Fairfax County judge declared a mistrial Friday in the case of a park worker accused of fatally stabbing a caterer at a wedding celebration. The jury deliberated for hours before telling the judge that they could not ...

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Fourth Circuit: Board’s prayer practice is unconstitutional

(AP) Elected officials’ practice of opening meetings in North Carolina with Christian prayer and inviting audience members to join is unconstitutional, a federal appeals court ruled Friday in a closely watched case likely headed for the U.S. Supreme Court. The ...

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Virginia Supreme Court sides with pipeline in survey lawsuit

(AP) The Supreme Court of Virginia has ruled in favor of the company developing the Atlantic Coast Pipeline in a lawsuit against a woman who sought to keep surveyors off her property. Hazel Palmer owns land in Augusta County along ...

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Culpeper asks judge to bar deposition of county attorney (access required)

In ongoing litigation over Culpeper County’s vote last year to refuse a sewage permit for a proposed Islamic prayer center, the county wants to block a proposed deposition of the county attorney. The county says Department of Justice lawyers have ...

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Kinser portrait added at Supreme Court (access required)

Former Virginia Supreme Court Chief Justice Cynthia D. Kinser, the court’s first woman chief justice, was honored by having her portrait hung at the court in a June 9 ceremony. Kinser served 17 years on the Supreme Court bench, and more than three years ...

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Comments sought on marijuana decriminalization (access required)

The Virginia State Crime Commission is asking for written comments on the possibility of decriminalization of simple possession of marijuana. Commission executive director Kristen J. Howard said that, due to the high level of interest in the topic, her staff ...

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Lawyer accused of hiding sanctions from judge (access required)

A Richmond lawyer has been charged with ethics violations for failing to disclose both a contempt-of-court fine and a Virginia State Bar penalty when he applied to practice in bankruptcy court two years ago. D. Hayden Fisher was chastised in ...

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Debate will cap VBA meeting (access required)

Candidates for Virginia governor Ralph S. Northam and Edward W. “Ed” Gillespie will appear in a 90-minute debate during the Virginia Bar Association’s 2017 Summer Meeting. The free, public event starts at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 22, at the Omni ...

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Inmate lawsuit claims his hepatitis wasn’t properly treated

(AP)  An inmate has sued the Virginia Department of Corrections claiming that it has failed to properly treat his hepatitis C. Terry Riggleman filed the lawsuit with the help of legal advocacy groups on June 26 in state court, the ...

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Holt is president of Roanoke Bar Association (access required)

Roanoke attorney Kevin Walker Holt is the new president of the Roanoke Bar Association. He took office at the RBA annual meeting June 13. The RBA named J. Lee E. Osborne as president-elect. Holt, a partner at Gentry Locke in ...

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