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Bristol attorney pleads to felony in utilities case (access required)

G. Walter Bressler, a lawyer in Bristol for 42 years, has pleaded guilty to a felony conspiracy charge in connection with an ongoing federal investigation of bribes and kickbacks at that city’s utilities authority. Prosecutors said Bressler, as general counsel ...

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Virginia Supreme Court orders release of wrongly convicted man

(AP) A former sailor convicted of rape and murder in Newport News more than three decades ago is innocent and should be released from prison, the state’s highest court said Thursday. The Virginia Supreme Court granted Keith Allen Harward’s petition ...

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State agrees on wrongful conviction claim

(AP) DNA evidence proves that a man who is serving a life sentence was wrongfully convicted of rape and murder more than three decades ago, Virginia’s attorney general said Wednesday. The attorney general’s office has filed a brief with the state ...

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Court temporarily stays inmate’s execution

(AP) A Virginia death row inmate convicted of hiring a man to kill his ex-girlfriend plans to take his case to the U.S. Supreme Court after his execution was halted by a federal appeals court. The 4th U.S. Circuit Court ...

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Report calls for changes after inmate death

(AP) A Portsmouth jail should provide better oversight of its health care providers and the state should take steps to ensure the accuracy of a waiting list for beds at a state mental hospital, Virginia’s inspector general said in a ...

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Class-action suit challenges US government’s watch list

ALEXANDRIA (AP) For Yaseen Kadura, a U.S. citizen of Libyan descent, placement on the no-fly list caused problems far beyond the airport. He was handcuffed and interrogated for hours when he tried to cross borders by land. He struggled to ...

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Deposition set for woman in UVa rape story

CHARLOTTESVILLE (AP) The woman who said she was gang-raped at a University of Virginia fraternity house and was the centerpiece of a now-retracted Rolling Stone article must answer attorneys’ questions in a defamation lawsuit, a federal judge has ruled. Through her ...

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Houston-based firm opens Richmond office (access required)

Richmond gains a new law office as an international firm adds a group of REIT lawyers. REITs – real estate investment trusts – own or finance income-producing real estate. Houston-based Vinson & Elkins LLP recently expanded its capital markets and ...

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Lawsuit: Med student roughed up by campus cops (access required)

A former medical student – now a doctor – says he was roughed up and falsely arrested by two University of Virginia police officers two years ago. Erik A. Williams of Massachusetts demands “approximately $5 million” and a written apology ...

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