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Prosecutor: New allegations over inmate’s death

PORTSMOUTH (AP) Authorities in Virginia say they’re investigating new allegations regarding the 2015 death of a mentally ill inmate. The Portsmouth commonwealth’s attorney said Tuesday that state police are investigating. Her office declined to elaborate. Jamycheal Mitchell died at the ...

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Trump, ACLU make unusual allies supporting Virginia mosque

McLEAN (AP) The rejection of a sewage permit in rural Virginia has made unlikely allies of the Trump administration and the American Civil Liberties Union, which both allege that a county board discriminated against Muslims trying to build a new ...

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Governor pardons ‘Norfolk 4’ sailors

(AP) Virginia’s governor pardoned four former sailors who became known as the “Norfolk Four,” ending a decades-long fight to clear the men of rape and murder convictions based on intimidating police interrogations. A spokesman for Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe told ...

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Civil suit in same-sex custody case to proceed

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) A lawsuit filed by a Vermont woman whose former civil union partner fled the country with their child rather than share custody is being allowed to proceed because one of the defendants is set to be sentenced ...

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Eveleigh receives Family Law Service Award

Virginia Beach attorney Cheshire I’Anson Eveleigh will receive the 2017 Family Law Service Award presented by the Virginia State Bar’s Family Law Section. Eveleigh is chair of the Virginia Family Law Coalition, secretary of the Virginia Chapter of the American Academy ...

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Tate honored for mentorship

Abingdon trial lawyer Mary Lynn Tate has been awarded the Prof. W. McKinley Smiley Jr. Lighthouse Award by the Southern Trial Lawyers Association. The annual award recognizes lawyers for work in the fields of academics, legal scholarship and advocacy teaching ...

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Condo to receive family law award

Fairfax County family law practitioner Joseph A. Condo has been named the 2017 recipient of the Betty A. Thompson Lifetime Achievement Award by the Virginia State Bar’s Family Law Section. Condo is a former president of the Virginia State Bar and ...

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Lawyer sentenced to jail for sexual battery (access required)

Warrenton lawyer Jud A. Fischel was sentenced Monday to 30 days in jail for two incidents of unwanted touching involving female clients. Fischel earlier used an Alford plea to resolve two misdemeanor counts of sexual battery. He contended he was ...

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Governor approves giving $1.55M to exonerated man

(AP) Gov. Terry McAuliffe has signed a bill to provide $1.55 million to a man who spent more than three decades in prison for a crime he didn’t commit. Keith Allen Harward was released from prison in April 2016 at ...

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DNA test request goes back to trial court (access required)

A lawsuit challenging a prosecutor’s denial of DNA testing to a rape defendant has been revived by the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. An appellate panel vacated a Norfolk federal court’s rejection of Derek LaMar’s civil rights suit alleging Prince ...

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