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More legal clinics planned for veterans

A series of legal clinics for veterans continues in Virginia, some associated with government agencies and at least one sponsored by a law firm. Attorney General Mark R. Herring has held a number of such clinics in conjunction with the Virginia State ...

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Virginia set to execute man under more secretive protocol

(AP) When Virginia carries out its next execution, more of the process will be shrouded in secrecy. Virginia is scheduled to give a lethal injection to 35-year-old William Morva on Thursday for the 2006 killings of a hospital security guard ...

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Legal aid office facing shortfall

A tight budget became even tighter this year for a Roanoke legal aid office. The Roanoke office of Blue Ridge Legal Services has been told that funding from the local United Way will be cut by about $29,000. The cut ...

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VSB rejects lawyer discipline despite Indiana suspension (access required)

Even though the Indiana Supreme Court suspended a Virginia-licensed lawyer for six months for “frivolous” pleadings, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board declined to impose an equivalent penalty. The Virginia panel said the lawyer showed by clear and convincing evidence ...

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Case raises questions of fairness in executing mentally ill

(AP) William Morva showed signs of mental illness long before he killed two men during an escape from custody in 2006, friends and family say. In the years leading up to the killings, Morva began sleeping in the woods, showed ...

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Charity website sued over hate group labels

NEWPORT NEWS (AP) A Florida-based legal advocacy organization is suing over a “hate group” label that it and other nonprofits received on a website that maintains a database of information about U.S. charities. Liberty Counsel Inc. filed a federal lawsuit ...

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Justices to weigh police use of license plate data

(AP) Virginia’s highest court will consider a challenge to a police practice of retaining data from automated license plate readers. The Supreme Court of Virginia will hear the case filed by the American Civil Liberties Union in Fairfax County, where ...

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Appeals court stays new sentencing for DC sniper

(AP)  A federal appeals court is temporarily blocking an order that would grant new sentencing hearings to convicted sniper Lee Malvo. The Virginia attorney general’s office said Friday that the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond has issued ...

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Imprisoned ex-CIA officer loses appeal of leak conviction

(AP) A former CIA officer convicted of leaking government secrets to a reporter lost a bid to clear his name on Thursday. A three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed all but one of Jeffrey Sterling’s ...

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Judge refuses to toss suit over school’s rape response

NORFOLK (AP) A federal judge has denied a bid to dismiss a lawsuit accusing Old Dominion University of mishandling its response to a woman’s reported sexual assault. U.S. District Judge Henry Morgan Jr. on Thursday denied ODU’s request to toss ...

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