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Camel bite brings $155k settlement

NATURAL BRIDGE (AP) A 10-year-old girl who was bitten by a camel at a safari park in Virginia will get a $155,000 settlement. Citing court documents, local media outlets reported last week that Madison Holland’s family reached a settlement with ...

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AG opposes exoneration in rape case

(AP) Virginia’s attorney general is opposing an effort to exonerate a man serving a 153-year prison sentence for a sexual assault more than two decades ago. The Innocence Project filed papers in the Supreme Court of Virginia in June arguing ...

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Jail video offers few answers on inmate death

PORTSMOUTH (AP) One year later, many questions loom about how a mentally ill man accused of stealing $5 worth of junk food died behind bars in Virginia. Security footage retained by the jail is unlikely to provide answers. The Hampton ...

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Ex-SEAL to pay $6.6 million to settle case over book

WASHINGTON (AP) The former Navy SEAL who wrote a book about his role in the raid that killed Osama bin Laden will pay the government more than $6.6 million for violating non-disclosure agreements and publishing without getting the document cleared ...

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Change sought in impeachment rule

A Virginia court committee is proposing to allow litigators to impeach their own witnesses, bringing the Virginia impeachment rule in line with those used in most other U.S. courts. The Advisory Committee on Rules of Court, a panel of the ...

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Ex-Del. Hamilton seeks relief after McDonnell ruling

(AP) A former Virginia lawmaker serving a nearly 10-year prison sentence for a bribery and extortion conviction hopes the recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling in ex-Gov. Bob McDonnell’s corruption case could set him free. Phil Hamilton asked the 4th U.S. ...

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Woman guilty of perjury in Lyon sisters case

BEDFORD (AP) A woman accused of impeding an investigation into the slayings of two missing Maryland sisters 41 years ago has been found guilty of perjury. Patricia Welch entered an Alford plea in a Bedford County courtroom Tuesday to the ...

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VWAA announces new slate of officers (access required)

The Virginia Women Attorneys Association has announced its new slate of officers for the 2016-2017 year. They include: Joan McKenna of Richmond, president; Michelle Parker of Norfolk, president-elect; Claire Keena of Woodbridge, secretary; Cynthia Revesman of Fairfax, treasurer; and Betsy ...

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Karison to head Court Improvement Program

Virginia Supreme Court staffer Sandra L. Karison has been selected as director of the Court Improvement Program. The appointment was effective Aug. 10, according to Karl R. Hade, Executive Secretary of the Supreme Court of Virginia. Karison succeeds the late ...

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Justices cowed by Assembly, McAuliffe says

(AP) Gov. Terry McAuliffe said Monday he believes four conservative Virginia justices were “scared” to side against Republican leaders in the court’s recent opinion on felon voting rights. In a 4-3 ruling, the Supreme Court of Virginia ruled last month ...

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