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Judge decries ‘unjust’ sentence, legal obstacles (access required)

A Charlottesville federal judge has leveled sharp criticism at “procedural roadblocks” preventing correction of a “gravely unjust” sentence for a man convicted under the federal Armed Career Criminal Act. U.S. District Judge Norman Moon said he was powerless to vacate ...

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Jail: Man wanted in son’s death killed himself in cell

PRINCE GEORGE (AP) Officials say a man wanted in the death of his 1-year-old son died in his jail cell by an apparent suicide. The Riverside Regional Jail told local news media outlets that it appeared 25-year-old Artur Kharendzyuk killed ...

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West Virginia regulators, Alpha settle bankruptcy case suit

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) West Virginia regulators have settled a lawsuit brought against Alpha Natural Resources over concerns about the coal producer’s reclamation obligations as it emerges from bankruptcy. A Virginia court approved Alpha’s bankruptcy plan in July. But in November, Alpha ...

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Legislators anoint Fairfax judge candidates (access required)

Two Fairfax County lawyers have been chosen by that county’s state legislators to fill two potential seats on the county circuit bench. David Bernhard and David Oblon were favored by the delegation of 25 legislators representing Fairfax County after a ...

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Police: Bank robbery suspect also wanted in son’s death

NEWPORT NEWS (AP) Police say they’ve linked a man arrested after a bank robbery to a string of holdups and discovered he was wanted in the death of his 1-year-old son. Newport News police spokesman Lewis Thurston said 25-year-old Artur ...

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Taliban fighter case stirs question on law of armed conflict

WASHINGTON (AP) Two years after being brought to the U.S. to face charges in an attempted attack on American forces in Afghanistan, Irek Hamidullin is arguing he should never have been prosecuted at all. A federal court appeal from Hamidullin, ...

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Noose display not protected as free speech (access required)

The Court of Appeals of Virginia refused to overturn the conviction of a Franklin County man who displayed a black-colored mannequin hanging from a noose in his front yard. Jack Turner was sentenced to 6 months in jail for a ...

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Lawyer convicted in home invasion gives up license (access required)

A former Virginia lawyer who helped her husband carry out a vicious attack on attorney Leo Fisher and his wife at their McLean home has given up her law license. Alecia M. Schmuhl had worked at Fisher’s firm, but was ...

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Child at center of brain death dispute dies

(AP) A 2-year-old Virginia girl whose parents went to court to block a hospital from performing a brain death test on the child has died, the hospital said Monday. Mirranda Grace Lawson passed away Nov. 1, said Michael Porter, a ...

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Racial code words tainted death sentence, court rules

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) A black South Carolina man should be released from death row because a prosecutor’s “racially coded references” made a fair sentencing before an all-white jury impossible, according to a ruling issued Monday by a panel of appellate ...

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