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Attorney: Lawmaker denies assault allegations, won’t resign

(AP) An attorney for a Virginia lawmaker says her client did not assault family members in his home and won’t resign from office. Media outlets report that attorney Nicole Belote said in a statement Tuesday that state Del. Rick Morris, R-Suffolk, ...

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Judge: ‘Norfolk 4’ defendants are innocent

(AP) Two former sailors convicted of rape and murder nearly two decades ago are innocent, a federal judge said Monday, adding that “no sane human being” could find the men guilty. U.S. District Judge John A. Gibney Jr. said in ...

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McAuliffe announces money for new gun law

(AP) Three local sheriffs’ offices in Virginia are set to receive about $160,000 in federal funding in return for accepting firearms from people subject to permanent protective orders. Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s announced the grants Monday, saying they would go to ...

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Comments split on change in witness impeachment rule (access required)

A proposal that would untie the hands of lawyers surprised by adverse testimony from their own witness garnered a mixed reaction from the Virginia legal community. A prosecutor and a law professor urged an end to Virginia’s strict limit on ...

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Justices to hear court records access case

NEWPORT NEWS (AP) The Supreme Court of Virginia will hear an appeal over whether the court’s Office of Executive Secretary should release a database of court case information. The Daily Press reports the court issued its decision on Sept. 19, ...

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4th Circuit considers voter ID law

(AP) The Democratic Party of Virginia argued before a federal appeals court on Thursday that the court’s ruling blocking North Carolina’s voter identification law should also apply to Virginia’s, since Republican lawmakers in their state also sought to suppress voting ...

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No charges against officers in stun gun case

(AP) Three South Boston police officers will not be charged with federal civil rights crimes for repeatedly using a stun gun on a black man who died soon after he was taken into custody, a prosecutor said Thursday. Investigators found ...

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Defense: Man in same-sex parental dispute was trying to help

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) A Virginia businessman was being kind, not condemning homosexuality, when he helped a mother move her daughter out of the country and away from her ex-partner, his lawyer said Wednesday at the start of the man’s parental ...

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Ex-lawyer pleads guilty in brutal attack of McLean couple

FAIRFAX (AP) A former lawyer has pleaded guilty after investigators said she orchestrated an interrogation over the phone while her husband tortured a McLean lawyer and his wife inside their home. Thirty-two-year-old Alecia Schmuhl pleaded guilty Monday to aggravated malicious ...

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Court weighs fairness of life sentence for teenage killer

(AP) An attorney for a Virginia man handed life in prison without parole for his murder conviction as a teenager told a federal appeals court Tuesday that the sentence was unconstitutional in light of a U.S. Supreme Court decision that ...

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