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Lawsuit describes brutal jail stay

A $60 million lawsuit describes horrific conditions at the Portsmouth jail where a 24-year-old mentally disabled inmate died in August. The suit – filed May 10 – seeks actual and punitive damages for the death of Jamycheal Mitchell on Aug. ...

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McCullough to be sworn in this month

(AP) Virginia Court of Appeals Judge Stephen McCullough will be sworn in as a justice of the state Supreme Court later this month. McCullough’s investiture will be held in Richmond on May 23 at 3 p.m. Virginia lawmakers voted in ...

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AG Herring issues opinion on sex discrimination laws

(AP) Virginia’s attorney general says violations of federal sex-discrimination laws based on sexual orientation or gender identity also are violations of state law. Democrat Mark Herring issued that opinion Tuesday in response to requests by three state lawmakers. It comes as ...

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Appeals court revives lawsuit against police officers

(AP) A federal appeals court has revived a Waynesboro man’s lawsuit against two police officers who detained him for a psychiatric evaluation. A three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said Monday that a judge who dismissed ...

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Former Justice Roush to work as mediator

(AP) After losing her spot on the Supreme Court of Virginia in a partisan squabble, former Justice Jane Marum Roush is working as a mediator. The Richmond-based McCammon Group announced Monday that Roush is joining the firm, which employs retired ...

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Hoffman named to Newport News judgeship

Circuit judges have selected Newport News attorney Matthew W. Hoffman to fill a general district bench vacancy. The interim appointment to replace Judge Richard C. Kerns lasts until the next General Assembly session. The Daily Press reports the Assembly left ...

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Lawyers clash over boy’s grand jury appearance

MANASSAS (AP) Lawyers for an Army staff sergeant accused of fatally shooting a police officer working her first shift are fighting prosecutors’ efforts to bring the defendant’s 11-year-old son in front of a grand jury. Authorities say Ronald Hamilton of ...

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4th Circuit rejects death row inmate’s appeal

(AP) A federal appeals court has rejected an appeal of a Virginia death row inmate who killed two people during an escape. William Morva’s attorney argued before the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in March that he was improperly ...

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